Brazil has suffered another day of record Covid losses with at least 1,910 new deaths reported in the crisis-stricken South American country.
On Wednesday evening, the National Council of Secretaries of State for Health said the deaths brought the country’s total death toll to 259,271, or about 10% of the global total. A record 1,726 deaths were reported on Tuesday.
The announcement came as hospitals across Brazil struggled to cope with a wave of new infections and criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis escalated. Pot-bang protests are scheduled for Wednesday evening.
Earlier, Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly undermined containment measures and trivialized the coronavirus, defended his response to the public health calamity. He accused journalists of “causing panic” and unfairly blaming him for the rising death toll. “For the media, I am the virus,” said the far-right politician.
Political rivals have stepped up their attacks on Bolsonaro in recent days as the situation deteriorates. On Tuesday, center-right politician Eduardo Leite told reporters: “It is difficult to understand the spirit of Bolsonaro, even harder his heart because it is a matter of inhumanity, of contempt for life.”
“Leaders who flout public health guidelines and confuse people are killing them, I’m afraid. This is currently happening in Brazil, ”added Leite.