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'We are already in the third wave': Brazil sets new world record for daily Covid-19 infections

The country is already one of the worst-hit countries in the world.

An man places a Brazilian national flag in the sand on Copacabana beach during a protest against the handling of the pandemic
An man places a Brazilian national flag in the sand on Copacabana beach during a protest against the handling of the pandemic
Image: Silvia Izquierdo/PA

BRAZIL HAS SET a new record for daily Covid-19 infections, after 115,228 new cases were identified in the country over 24 hours yesterday.

The country, already one of the worst-hit countries in the world, has recently seen a surge in case numbers as it grapples with a third wave of the pandemic.

A further 2,392 new deaths due to Covid-19 were also recorded yesterday, bringing the country’s total death toll to 507,109.

Brazil is the second worst-hit in the world in absolute numbers of fatalities, behind the United States which has suffered more than 600,000 deaths.

The country has a total of 18,169,881 confirmed Covid cases, according to official figures, which many specialists consider an underestimate.

The number of daily infections has been rising steadily for more than a month and the average death rate has been around 2,000 per day since last week.

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“With this continual acceleration in the number of cases, we are already in the third wave,” said Carlos Lula, president of the National Council of Health Secretaries.

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