Brazil has for the first time recorded more than 400 coronavirus-related deaths in a 24-hour period.
According to the Health Ministry, 407 people died from Wednesday to Thursday. Some 3,313 people have now died in total after contracting the virus in the largest country in South America.
The number of infected people stands at nearly 50,000. A lack of available tests means the actual number of people infected is assumed to be far higher.
Brazil was the first country on the continent to register a confirmed case of the coronavirus.
Measures to combat the virus’ spread have however been deeply politicized.
President Jair Bolsonaro considers lockdown measures in place around the country to be excessive and wants life to return to normal as quickly as possible.
His newly appointed health minister, Nelson Teich, on Wednesday proposed easing restrictions on movement. (dpa)