Brazil Covid Deaths Surpass 200,000, With Daily Case Record

Date: 2021-01-08 19:09:13

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Brazil’s coronavirus death toll passed 200,000 as the respiratory disease again pummels the Latin American country and a nationwide vaccination plan remains weeks away at best.

Brazil’s Health Ministry reported 1,524 deaths, the highest number since July 29, bringing the total to 200,498, second only to the U.S. The country also added 87,843 cases in the past 24 hours, a record, pushing the total to 7,961,673, according to Ministry data.

Much like in Europe and the U.S., the virus has resurfaced across the sprawling country in the past few weeks. Year-end festivities which saw large gatherings, and the detection of the new, more contagious variant of the virus in Sao Paulo, have added to concerns about the strength of a second wave.

To make matters worse, the country is already falling behind in the global vaccine race. While other Latin American nations including Argentina, Chile and Mexico have already started giving shots, Brazil has yet to even approve the use of a vaccine to immunize its 210 million people. The Butantan Institute, which is producing the so-called CoronaVac in partnership with China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd., is expected to file a request by Friday.

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