Brazil nears 400,000 COVID-19 deaths
Published: 01:32 PM, 29 April 2021
Brazil on Wednesday reported 3,163 more COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, bringing the official death toll from the pandemic to 398,185, the world’s second-highest death toll from COVID-19 after the United States.
The country's Health Ministry said that tests detected 79,726 new COVID-19 cases, taking its nationwide tally to 14,521,289.
The current month, April has been the month with the most deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Latin American nation, with about 70,000 fatalities having been reported to date, compared with 66,000 deaths for March.
Southeast Sao Paulo, home to 46 million inhabitants, is the country’s hardest-hit state, with 94,656 deaths and 2,873,238 infections.
An 8:00 pm-5:00 am curfew is in place to encourage residents to stay at home, a measure that has succeeded in reducing the occupancy of hospital intensive care units to 80.5 percent, according to Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria.
Younger Brazilians are increasingly being affected by COVID-19, with those in their 20s showing the greatest increase in deaths so far this year, according to a report published by government biomedical institute Fiocruz last week. - Xinhua, Reuters