Brazil has seen its highest daily Coronavirus Still the death toll, with the number of people dying from the virus in a single day exceeding 2,000 for the first time.
The country with the second highest death toll in the world and the highest in South America recorded 2,286 deaths on Wednesday. Brazil has recorded a total of 268,370 deaths since the pandemic began.
On Wednesday, the daily number of new cases in Brazil was 79,876, the third highest number recorded in a single day in Brazil.
Experts have wanted the increase to be related in cases to contagious variants, such as the P1 variant, which is believed to originate in the Manaus Amazonian region.
According to Fiocruz, intensive care units in hospitals in the country’s 27 states were nearly full, and more than 80 percent of ICU beds in the state capitals were occupied.
A Fiocruz report found that at least 15 of these state capitals had intensive care utilization rates above 90 percent.
President Jair Bolsanaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the threat from the pandemic, was shown wearing a mask for the first time in a month on Wednesday.
Last week, Bolsanora urged Brazilians to stop whining about the coronavirus and criticized the restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the virus.
“How long are you going to stay home and shut everything down?” he asked at an event.
The state of São Paulo and the country’s capital, Rio de Janeiro, announced their own restrictions. Several state governors have tried to take control of the launch of the vaccine and buy vaccines direct from manufacturers rather than waiting for delivery by the federal government.
Margareth Dalcolmo, a doctor and researcher at Fiocruz, told the AFP news agency the country was “at the worst moment of the pandemic”.
On Wednesday, former chairman Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva criticized Mr Bolsonaro, calling the decisions he made during the pandemic “stupid”.
The only country with a higher death toll than Brazil is the United States. Brazil has recorded over 11 million cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began.