The alarm generated by the coronavirus among the Brazilian population is growing every day. The pandemic continues to expand exponentially in the country, which, with a population of 210 million, is reinforcing its position as the Latin American epicentre of the disease.

The country recorded 844 new deaths on the last day, bringing the total number of deaths to 13,993, while the number of confirmed cases rose to 202,918, according to the government. The daily bulletin of the Brazil’s Ministry of Health indicated that in the last 24 hours 13,944 new infections were reported, a new daily maximum since the beginning of the crisis, after the one reached the day before (11,385).

Brazilian health authorities also predict that the peak of the disease will only be reached in the coming weeks. “There is no perspective of stabilization or decrease,” substitute Health Surveillance Secretary Eduardo Macário said at his latest press conference.

The state of Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous in Brazil with some 46 million inhabitants, continues to be the hardest hit by the health crisis with 4,315 deaths and 54,286 infected. Behind it are Ceará, with 21,077 infections and 1,413 deaths, and Rio de Janeiro (19,467 cases and 2,247 deaths).

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