Brazil exceeds 90,000 reported cases in 24 hours

COVID-19: Brazil exceeds 90,000 reported cases in 24 hours

Brazil recorded this Wednesday 90,303 new cases of Covid-19 contamination in 24 hours, a record, as well as 2,648 new deaths, bringing the daily average over the last seven days to 2017, the highest since the start of the pandemic.

With these two new records, this country of 212 million inhabitants has now totaled 284,775 dead, the second worst death toll after the United States, and 11,693,838 people infected. The number of deaths recorded in the last 24 hours is only lower than that of Tuesday (2,841).

With more than 80% occupancy of intensive care beds in 24 of the country’s 27 states, Brazil seems more overwhelmed than ever by the pandemic, as President Jair Bolsonaro changed health minister for the third time on Monday .

The new minister, Marcelo Queiroga, assured a press conference on Wednesday that he had the “autonomy” necessary to “make adjustments” in the strategy to fight against the coronavirus.

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A poll published Wednesday by the Datafolha institute showed that 43% of Brazilians believe that President Bolsonaro is “primarily responsible” for the worsening health situation in the country.

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