Brazil has surpassed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths on April 29, data from the health ministry showed.
Brazil recorded 3,001 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 401,186 — the second highest in the world after the United States.
April has become the deadliest month of the pandemic in Brazil, losing 100,000 lives in just one month.
Health experts warned that the daily figures could continue to be high for the months ahead due to a slow vaccination campaign and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by local governments.
President Jair Bolsonaro said in a live broadcast in social media that he was “sorry for every death” following the announcement, but he reaffirmed his stance against COVID-19 restrictions.
“If the lockdown policies continue, this country will be dragged to extreme poverty,” Bolsonaro said.
Last April 27, a Senate commission launched an official investigation into the government’s handling of the pandemic.
Brazil also recorded 69,389 new cases on April 29, bringing the total to 14,590,678 — the third highest in the world after the U.S. and India.
The P.1 COVID-19 variant first identified in the country and believed to be more contagious, has mainly driven the surge of cases in Brazil.
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