Brazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases, APA reports citing BBC.
It takes the country's death toll from the pandemic to almost 337,000, second only to the US.
Hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they wait for treatment in some cities, and the health system is on the brink of collapse in many areas.
But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lockdown measures to curb the outbreak.
He argues the damage to the economy would be worse than the effects of the virus itself, and has tried to reverse some of the restrictions imposed by local authorities in the courts.