Brazil recorded 90,303 Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, a new daily record, bringing the country’s total to 11,693,3838 cases and confirming it as the current global epicentre of the pandemic.
The death toll was also high in the last 24 hours, with 2,648 deaths from the virus, the second highest after the record 2,841 deaths recorded on Tuesday, bringing Brazil’s death toll to 285,000, according to a bulletin released by the health ministry on Wednesday.
The more than 90,000 confirmed infections on Wednesday surpassed the 87,840 reported on 7 January and the 85,660 cases of covid-19 reported on 12 March, the highest ever for a single day.
The average number of deaths in the last week reached 2,017 deaths per day on Wednesday and the number of infections reached 70,219 cases in a single day, figures never before seen in the South American giant since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the ministry’s balance sheet, the covid-19 case fatality rate remained at 2.4 per cent of the population, the mortality rate rose to 135.5 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and the incidence rate stood at 5,564.6 infected in the same proportion of the population.
The high averages in recent days confirm Brazil as the nation with the second highest number of deaths and infections from covid-19 in the world, only surpassed by the United States.
The increase in fatalities was expected in Brazil, where the lack of beds in intensive care units (ICU) has caused the country to experience the greatest health and hospital collapse in its history, according to official data.
In 25 of the country’s 27 states, ICU occupancy rates are equal to or higher than 80%, and in 19 capital cities, which are the most populated, these specialised units have exceeded 90% of their capacity.
This situation has accelerated deaths from covid-19, especially in the states of the southern region, where so far in March a record number of deaths have been recorded (Paraná with 2,245 victims, Santa Catarina with 1,600 deaths and Rio Grande do Sul with 3,214 deaths).
The situation is alarming in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, which has the largest number of inhabitants in the region, as the demand for ICUs in hospitals today exceeded capacity by 114%.