Brazil has registered a record number of COVID-related deaths in 24 hours. Health authorities reported over 4,000 deaths, as new variants fuel a surge in cases that has overwhelmed hospitals.
The total death toll in Brazil is now over 330,000 which is second only to the US.
However, President Jair Bolsonaro has refused to mandate a nationwide lockdown, and opposes local lockdowns, claiming the damage to the economy outweighs health risks.
India also reported a record number of new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The recent surge in cases has brought the average daily number of infections above the previous record of 97,000 last seen in mid-September.
India’s government has so far refused to impose a nationwide lockdown, instead asking states to decide on how to impose local restrictions.
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