Brazil last recorded an average of seven days of less than 1,000 deaths by COVID at the start of the brutal second wave in January.
The average seven-day coronavirus deaths in Brazil are below 1,000 points for the first time since January, when a brutal second wave of the pandemic gripped the South American nation.
The country has registered more than 19.8 million COVID-19 cases and more than 555,400 deaths since the crisis began, according to Johns Hopkins University data — the second highest death toll in the world after the United States.
With 910 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the country’s health ministry, Brazil reported an average of 989 daily deaths in the past week. The last time the figure was below 1,000 was on January 20, when it was at 981.
While deaths and infections from COVID-19 have dropped in recent weeks and the vaccination rate has increased, health experts warn that a new upswing may be under way in part due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
At the same time, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a skeptic about coronavirus that continues to reduce the severity of COVID-19, has come under increasing pressure to account for his handling of the crisis.
A Senate commission in April launched an investigation into how Bolsonaro tackled the coronavirus, including whether his government politicized the pandemic and whether it showed negligence in its efforts to buy COVID-19 vaccines.
Bolsonaro has since been accused of failing to act. alleged irregularities in obtaining vaccines from India. He also faces allegations that he was involved in a scheme to curb his employees’ salaries when he served as a federal deputy.
The president denied all the allegations.
Meanwhile, after a slow and chaotic start to the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, Brazil has increased the rate of vaccinations and registered more than 1 million shots a day since June.
To date, more than 100 million people have received at least one dose, while 40 million are being vaccinated as fully.