The South American power reached this Saturday 22,013 deaths from the virus, after registering 965 deaths during the last day, according to the most recent balance disclosed by the Ministry of Health.
On the eve, Brazil surpassed Russia, which this Saturday reached 335,000 cases, but whose case fatality rate is much lower, registering to date about 4,000 deaths from the virus.
The epicenter of The disease in Brazil continues to be the state of Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous in the country, with some 46 million inhabitants, registering 6,045 deaths and 80,558 confirmed cases.
By behind is the state of Ceará, in the impoverished northeast of the country, with 35,122 infections and 2,308 deaths, alarming numbers for its population, estimated at about nine million people.
Rio de Janeiro is also a concern with 3,905 deaths from COVID-19, of which 248 occurred in the last 24 hours, a new record for the most emblematic state of Brazil that already has 34,533 infected.
However, according to various studies, the actual number of cases could be up to 15 times higher due to the high underreporting in the country, which is struggling for hours to expand the capacity of the laboratories.
The measures adopted by the regional governments are not giving the expected results and in the metropolises that are the epicenter of the pandemic, they continue to increase. Sao Paulo registered 272 new deaths in the last 24 hours and Rio de Janeiro broke the daily record with 248 new deaths.
The São Paulo public health system threatens to enter into crisis and the Rio system has already collapsed.
Despite the fact that the numbers are growing, people do not want to stay at home and people on the street and without masks are more and more frequent.
In Sao Paulo, the most recent government measure to bring forward this week, three holidays from other months of the year, has not had the desired effect.
The results indicated that only 52% of those from São Paulo have remained at home - the expected rate was 72%.
In Rio de Janeiro the situation is concentrated in its namesake capital, which has a COVID-19 case fatality rate of 12.7%, almost double the national average of 6.5%, but the city's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, It wants to begin to relax the social isolation measures that it has implemented so far.
Although so far he has not defined anything, the burgomaster anticipated his intention after a meeting he held with President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on Thursday. The people of Rio de Janeiro seem to want to get ahead of the announcement and since Friday they have been very active on the beaches of Barra de Tijuca, west of Rio, but also on Copacabana and Ipanema, the most iconic of the "wonderful city".
The main example of indiscipline comes directly from Brasilia, where Bolsonaro again promoted the crowds this Saturday, during the greeting he extended to his followers at dusk, at the entrance to the Alvorada Palace, his official residence.
With information from EFE
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