Brazil Beats New Death Record and Total Number of Deaths Exceeds 30 Thousand

The growth of coronavirus cases and deaths in Brazil is very worrying, said the director of PAHO


Brazil confirmed 1,262 new deaths by Covid-19 this Tuesday (2) and exceeded the mark of 30,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The previous record was 1,188 new deaths on May 21, the day that Brazil passed the 20 million death mark.

Altogether, there are 31,199 deaths and 555,383 confirmed cases - 28,936 new cases registered in the last 24 hours. The data comes from the Ministry of Health.

TOPSHOT - Aerial view of an area at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery where new graves have been dug in Manaus, Brazil, on May 22, 2020 amid the novel Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. - Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country in the coronavirus pandemic, has surpassed 20,000 deaths, according to Brazil's Ministry of Health (Photo by MICHAEL DANTAS / AFP) - AFP

In the morning, President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) said he lamented the nearly 30,000 deaths in Brazil caused by the novel coronavirus, and he said that death is "everyone's destiny."

The Pan American Health Organization director of infectious diseases, Marcos Espinal, said on Tuesday that the steady growth of cases and deaths in Brazil is very worrying. He added that if social distancing measures aren't strengthened, and testing capacity does not expand, it will be difficult to stop the increase in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, the Bolsonaro government completed 18 days without a minister of health amid the pandemic. Nelson Teich, the former leader of the ministry, did not complete a month without leaving. He replaced by Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who resigned on April 16.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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