Brazil registered 84,494 new cases and 3,780 deaths associated with the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, setting a new daily record for deaths, the Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday in its most recent epidemiological bulletin.

According to official government figures, between Monday and Tuesday the highest number of daily deaths in thirteen months of the pandemic was recorded, a figure that comes in the midst of more severe measures of confinement, social isolation and closure of non-essential activities decreed by governors and mayors.

Sao Paulo, the largest South American city, and Rio de Janeiro, the second most populated city in the country, entered into a prolonged holiday since last Friday to prevent the movement of people and contain the lethal advance of covid-19, which is soaring while the Government is trying to immunize the country’s population, but still without sufficient vaccines.

In Brazil, due to the Carnival which is celebrated every year for five days, Holy Week has Good Friday as the only holiday, but this year Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other cities decided to anticipate other festivities for an extended ten-day long weekend, including the two weekends.

Since the first infection, on February 26, 2020, and the first death, on March 12 last year, both in Sao Paulo, the country now has 12,658,109 confirmed cases and a total of 317,646 deaths.

According to the official report, 11,074,483 patients have recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the nation of almost 212 million inhabitants, which represents 87.4% of the total number of infected people.

A further 1,265,980 patients are under medical monitoring in hospitals or in their homes after testing positive in clinical tests.

The country, the second most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the world in absolute numbers after the United States, has a mortality rate of 151 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and an incidence of 6,023 people infected in the same proportion.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populated in the country with 46 million inhabitants and located in the Southeast region, continues to be the region with the highest number of confirmed cases (2,446,680) and deaths (73,492).

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