Brazil registers record 1,641 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 25, 2021 a worker wearing a protective suit and carrying an umbrella walks past the graves of COVID-19 victims at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, in Manaus, Brazil. – Brazil registers record of 1,641 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, on March 2, 2021, according to official sources. (Photo by MICHAEL DANTAS / AFP)

Brazil on Tuesday registered a record 1,641 deaths in 24 hours from Covid-19, health authorities announced, as the country endures a further worsening of the pandemic.

The country of 212 million inhabitants has recorded a total of 257,361 Covid-19 deaths, according to the health ministry, and has the second-highest national death toll after the United States.

Brazil continues to have a piecemeal response, with individual cities and states setting their own policies in the face of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s repeated attacks on restrictive measures and face masks.

Several cities and states last week began imposing a new round of restrictions in a bid to avoid overwhelming their already stretched hospitals.

The country began vaccinating in mid-January but is far off-pace to meet a government pledge of immunizing the entire population by the end of the year.

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