The grim coronavirus death tally comes as the governor of the state of Sao Paulo announces that “ code red ” restrictions will begin on Saturday.
The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has announced new COVID-19 “code red” restrictions, as the country recorded a new single-day record number of coronavirus-related deaths for the second day in a row.
The country’s health ministry said on Wednesday that 1,910 additional deaths and 71,704 new cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the past 24 hours.
It was the second day in a row that Brazil recorded a high record number of deaths.
Brazil has recorded more than 257,000 coronavirus-related deaths – the second highest in the world after the United States – as well as more than 10.6 million cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has faced much criticism and protests on his management of the pandemic, the far-right leader having minimized the threat of the virus and avoided public health measures.
The government has also struggled to obtain, distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines.
Sao Paulo state governor Joao Doria on Wednesday announced that a two-week partial lockdown would go into effect on Saturday in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Bars and restaurants will operate only through delivery and shopping malls and non-essential activities will be closed, the governor told reporters at a press conference, but schools, churches, grocery stores and health services would remain open.
Doria said the state of Sao Paulo, which has 46.3 million people, receives a new intensive care patient every two minutes and is “on the verge of collapse of the health care system.”
“It’s your fault. It’s because of your denial,” he said, addressing Bolsonaro.
“More than 1,000 people die every day in Brazil. It’s like five plane crashes a day… A lot of Brazilians who were buried died because you didn’t do what you were supposed to do: lead.
Concerns have grown over the growing pandemic in Brazil, where a more easily transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus was first discovered in Amazonas state late last year.
The health system in the state capital of Amazonas, Manaus, was submerged earlier this year, amid a surge in COVID-19 infections and a widespread lack of medical supplies, including oxygen.
Experts have warned that if Brazil is unable to control the spread of COVID-19, it could become the epicenter of the virus’s mutation, which could potentially be more infectious and deadly.