Brazil has overtaken Italy as the country with the third-highest Covid-19 death toll after a daily record of 1,473 fatalities took its total tally to more than 34,000.
Brazil has now confirmed 614,941 infections, the health ministry said — the second-largest caseload in the world, behind the US.
Experts say under-testing in Brazil means the real numbers are probably much higher.
The latest figures underlined the grim toll the virus is taking in Latin America, the latest epicenter in the pandemic.
Brazil, a country of 210 million people, has been the hardest-hit in the region.
Shortly before the numbers were released, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro said in an online broadcast: “We can’t go on like this. Nobody can take it anymore,” Bolsonaro said of the stay-at-home measures, being implemented by state governors and mayors across Brazil even as the number of infections and deaths continues to increase.
“The collateral impact will be far greater than those people who unfortunately lost their lives because of these last three months here,” Bolsonaro said.