Brazil reports biggest daily increase in Covid-19 cases since pandemic began


Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of Emilio Ribas Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 17.
Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of Emilio Ribas Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 17. Miguel Schincariol / AFP / Getty Images

Brazil reported 90,303 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday – its biggest daily increase in infections since the start of the pandemic.

The country’s total caseload now stands at 11,693,838, according to its health ministry. Brazil has recorded a total of 284,775 virus-related deaths, with 2,648 new deaths reported on Wednesday.

The new high rate of daily infections came after Brazil reported its highest number of coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, at 2,841, with intensive care unit occupancy rates exceeding 80% in 25 of the country’s 26 states and its federal district.

On Tuesday, the Brazilian research institute Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FioCruz) warned that the coronavirus crisis in the country was “the biggest health and hospital collapse in Brazilian history.”

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