The death toll from the grim coronavirus comes as the governor of Sao Paulo state announces that restrictions on “Code Red” are due to begin on Saturday.
The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has announced new COVID-19 restrictions on “Code Red” as the country recorded a new record number of coronavirus-related deaths for one day for the second year in a row.
The country’s health ministry said Wednesday that 1,910 additional deaths and 71,704 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours.
It was the second day in a row that Brazil had a record number of deaths.
Brazil has recorded more than 257,000 coronavirus-related deaths – the second highest number in the world after the US – as well as over 10.6 million COVID-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has received widespread criticism and protests for his handling of the pandemic, as the far-right leader has downplayed the threat posed by the virus and avoided public health measures.
The government has also made efforts to secure, distribute, and administer COVID-19 vaccines.
On Wednesday, Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria announced that a two-week partial lockdown would go into effect on Saturday to contain the spread of the virus.
Bars and restaurants will only operate through supplies and malls, and non-essential businesses will be closed, the governor told reporters during a news conference, but schools, churches, grocery stores and health services would remain open.
Doria said the state of Sao Paulo, home to 46.3 million people, has admitted a new ICU patient every two minutes and is “on the verge of a health system collapse”.
“This is your fault. It’s because of your refusal, ”he said, turning to Bolsonaro.
“More than 1,000 people die every day in Brazil. It’s like five plane crashes a day … Many of the buried Brazilians died because they didn’t do what they were supposed to do: lead. “
Earlier this year, people in Brazil protested against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic [File: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters]The growing pandemic in Brazil, where a more easily transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus was first discovered late last year in the state of Amazonas, is worrying.
The healthcare system in the Amazonian capital, Manaus, was overwhelmed earlier this year due to a surge in COVID-19 infections and a widespread shortage of medical supplies, including oxygen.
Experts have warned that if Brazil is unable to control the spread of the COVID-19, it could become the epicenter of the virus’ mutation, which could potentially be more contagious and deadly.