SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil on Monday registered 703 new deaths due to Covid-19, reaching a total count of 101,752 deaths from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic, according to information from the Ministry of Health.
Second country most affected by the disease in the world, behind only the United States, Brazil also reported 22,048 new cases of coronavirus, which brings the total number of infections to 3,057,470.
The daily case count is the lowest since Monday of last week, when 16,641 infections were recorded, since the country traditionally has lower numbers on Mondays due to the delay in processing tests on weekends.
“Certainly, Brazil continues to have 50,000 to 60,000 cases per day. The R rate – or reproductive number of the disease – varies between about 1.1 and 1.5, so the disease is still actively spreading for most of the country “, said the main WHO emergency specialist, Mike Ryan, on Monday.
He added that the country sustains a “very high” level of the epidemic and that, although the curves have reached a plateau, the health system remains under great pressure.
(By Gabriel Araujo; Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva)