Tuesday, May 18

Coronavirus in Brazil: the country registers for the first time more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours

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Burials in a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro.

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The numbers of deaths from covid-19 in Brazil continue to break records.

Brazil has become one of the epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic in the world.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the South American country has registered more than 4,000 deaths related to covid-19 in a 24-hour period, while the number of cases continues to increase driven by a more contagious variant of the virus.

Hospitals are crammed with people dying while awaiting treatment in some cities and the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse in many areas.

Until this Tuesday, the total death toll in the country totaled more than 336,000, surpassed only by the United States.


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