Brazil Records 600 New Deaths from Coronavirus in 24 hours and Breaks Record

Country has 7,921 deaths from Covid-19 and 114,715 cases; Bolsonaro said earlier that fall would be a sign that the worst is over


Data from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday (5) show that Brazil registered 600 new deaths in just over 24 hours, a record number. There were also 6,935 new confirmed cases in the period.

The previous record was 474 deaths recorded in one day, on April 28, when Brazil overtook China in the number of fatalities, and President Jair Bolsonaro said, "So what? I'm sorry. What do you want me to do? My name is Messiah, but I don't do not make miracles," when asked about the numbers.

In absolute numbers, São Paulo still leads in the number of registrations. Rivaldo Gomes/Folhapress, NAS RUAS - Folhapress

Before the Ministry of Health released the figures on Monday, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that if there were a drop in the number of deaths on Tuesday (5), it would be a sign that "the worst is over."

"I don't know if the number of deaths fell today, it was lower than yesterday, I don't know yet, but if it were, it would be the sixth day, if I'm not mistaken, a consecutive drop in the number of deaths. It's a sign that the worst is over ", said the president in an interview at the door of the Palácio da Alvorada. "I ask God for this to be true [the drop in the number of deaths], and we will return to normal," continued the president.

Since the beginning of the new coronavirus pandemic, 114,715 confirmed cases of the disease, and 7,921 deaths have been recorded.

According to experts, the real numbers should be even higher, since there is a low supply of tests in the country and underreporting. According to the ministry, 93 thousand tests were awaiting processing until Sunday (3).

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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