Brazil's Coronavirus Death Count Surpasses 300,000

Brazil's Coronavirus Death Count Surpasses 300,000

The country's Covid-19 death count now stands at 300,685, the health ministry said. (File)

Braslia:

Brazil's death count in the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 300,000 Wednesday, as a deadly surge that has pushed hospitals to the brink made it the second country after the United States to pass the bleak milestone.

The country's Covid-19 death count now stands at 300,685, the health ministry said, from 12.2 million infections.

President Jair Bolsonaro announced earlier he was launching a crisis committee to deal with the pandemic, a change of course amid mounting pressure over a situation he has repeatedly minimized.

The far-right president vowed no one would "politicize" the pandemic, after a meeting with the heads of both houses of Congress, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, the central bank chief, most of his cabinet and six of Brazil's 27 governors.

"The prevailing sentiment was solidarity and the commitment to minimize the effects of the pandemic," Bolsonaro said at the presidential palace.

"Life comes first."

The Pan American Health Organization warned Tuesday that the situation in Brazil was "dire," and threatening the rest of the region.

"The virus continues to surge dangerously across Brazil," PAHO director Carissa Etienne said in Washington.

"Cases and deaths are increasing, and (intensive care) bed occupancy is very high in many states."

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Do celebrities make the best politicians? 'Gutfeld!' has the answers.

Do celebrities make the best politicians? 'Gutfeld!' has the answers.

Polls show majority of Americans support Matthew McConaughey, Dwayne Johnson public office bids; 'Gutfeld!' panel reacts. #FoxNews #Gutfeld Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a ...

Biden admin says it's focusing on migrant surge, why isn't it on his agenda? - FOX News Rundown.

Biden admin says it's focusing on migrant surge, why isn't it on his agenda? - FOX News Rundown.

Fox News Rundown podcast | April 9, 2021 Get more episodes of the Fox News Rundown podcast here: Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service deliv...

Delaware trooper connects with young boy over love of basketball.

Delaware trooper connects with young boy over love of basketball.

Joshua Morris joins 'Fox News @ Night' to share the heartwarming story and discuss importance of community relationships. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour a...

Why US is Against 'Vaccine Passports'

Why US is Against 'Vaccine Passports'

Biden administration says it won't be involved in a national system for people to prove they've been vaccinated for travel and other activities

Migrants Detained at US Border Say Desperation Drives Them.

Migrants Detained at US Border Say Desperation Drives Them.

Surge in unaccompanied minors and family units trying to cross southern border with Mexico poses challenges for Biden administration

Australia marks passing of Prince Philip with 41 gun salute.

Australia marks passing of Prince Philip with 41 gun salute.

Australia marked the passing of Britain's Prince Philip with a 41 gun salute outside the country's parliament house in Canberra on Saturday (April 10). The Australian flag above the Parliament House was earlier in the day lowered to half mast to h...

1 201