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The scandal stems from an accusation that Jair Bolsonaro leaned on his former justice minister to change senior federal police officials amid investigations into members of the president's political clan.
Brazil passed 20,000 deaths on Thursday and has 310,087 confirmed cases, up over 18,500 in a single day, according to Health Ministry data.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also doubled down on recommending the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible remedy, echoing Trump's approval of the drug.
Bolsonaro argues that the toll on the economy is becoming unbearable and businesses must be allowed to reopen as soon as possible.
Brazil's death toll has risen by more than 800 per day to nearly 15,000 on Friday, as the crisis overwhelms hospitals in several cities and public cemeteries resort to mass graves.
In an editorial, the Lancet said Bolsonaro's disregard for and flouting of lockdown measures is sowing confusion across Brazil.
Some scientists said over 1 million in Brazil are probably infected. The country is heading into winter, which can worsen respiratory illnesses.
Medical officials in Rio de Janeiro and at least four other major cities have warned that their hospital systems are on the verge of collapse, or already too overwhelmed to take any more patients.
Sergio Moro, who won broad public support for jailing corrupt politicians and businessmen as a judge, said he was resigning because President Jair Bolsonaro fired federal police chief Mauricio Valeixo for personal and political reasons.
On Thursday he again called for states to end stay-at-home orders that he said were hurting the economy.