Brazil's Sao Paulo reports record 1,021 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours

Reuters

Posted at Mar 23 2021 11:45 PM

Brazil's Sao Paulo reports record 1,021 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours 1
Relatives of Francisco Lima Rocha, 50, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) react during his burial at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 17, 2021. Carla Carniel, Reuters

SAO PAULO - The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, the country's most populous, registered 1,021 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, a new daily record, state authorities said on Tuesday.

Sao Paulo's death toll is a worrisome sign that Brazil's total death toll for the day, which will only be released on Tuesday night, could also be a new record.

In Sao Paulo, the previous highest number of daily deaths was 679 last Tuesday.

The spike in the COVID-19 death toll in Sao Paulo comes as Brazil has become the latest epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with overwhelmed hospitals and a shortage of oxygen and drugs in many cities.

Brazil, with a population of 211 million, has recorded roughly 12 million cases of COVID-19 and 295,425 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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