Brazil records 3,000 deaths from coronavirus following 407 deaths in the last 24 hours

Brazil reported 407 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health stated Thursday. Brazil, Latin America's most populated nation and the largest economy in the region has now reported 3,313 deaths from coronavirus, from a total of 49,492 confirmed cases, the ministry said. 

The toll keeps rising as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro frequently voices his impatience with state governor-imposed controls to limit the spread of the disease. Minister of Health Nelson Teich, who took office on Friday following his predecessor's contentious resignation, said it was early to relate the increase in deaths to a spike in COVID-19 infections. 
Brazil records 3,000 deaths from coronavirus following  407 deaths in the last 24 hours

Alternatively, he indicated it might be the result of an improvement in testing. Teich said on Wednesday that officials were focusing on a strategy to resume economic development, in accordance with Bolsonaro's desires, who is strongly critical of containment steps that he considers to cripple the country.

As of May 11, Sao Paulo, the hardest-hit state with a third of the cases in the country intends to slowly resume economic operation — sector by sector. Specific steps are being planned by the states of Rio de Janeiro and southeastern Minas Gerais, although other operations have also been revived in the federal district of Brasilia and southern Santa Catarina state.

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