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Brazil passes 4,000 new daily Covid-19 deaths for first time

Medication, including intubation for Covid-19 patients, is running out.
02 April 2021, Brazil, Sao Paulo: Employees of the Vila Formosa cemetery, the largest in Latin America, carry a coffin to bury a person who died of coronavirus (Covid-19). Due to the high number of deaths, the employees also work during the night. Photo: Lincon Zarbietti/dpa
Employees of the Vila Formosa cemetery, the largest in Latin America, bury a person who died of coronavirus. Photo: Lincon Zarbietti/dpa.

Brazil has passed the grim milestone of 4,000 Covid-19 related deaths in 24 hours, the Health Ministry in Brasilia said on Tuesday, just over two weeks after the country recorded over 3,000 new daily Covid-19 related deaths for the first time.

Ministry data on Tuesday showed that 4,195 people died over the previous day, bringing the total death toll to 336,947, with more than 13.1 million cases of coronavirus confirmed.

Only the United States has recorded higher figures.

The health system in Brazil - a country of 210 million people - has collapsed or is on the verge of collapse in many areas.

Medication, including intubation for Covid-19 patients, is running out.

Government reshuffled

Brazil's right-wing populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, has played down the threat posed by the virus and expressed doubt at the effectiveness of vaccines.

He has slightly softened his tone recently. In the face of increasing criticism of his government's crisis management during the pandemic, Bolsonaro reshuffled his cabinet, replacing six government ministers.

The heads of the army, air force and navy also vacated their posts.

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