Brazil has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths of the day

Workers dig a grave at a cemetery in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: SCMP
Workers dig a grave at a cemetery in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: SCMP

Brazil recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths since the outbreak, as corona virus continues to exert a heavy influence across South America.

According to the Guardian, the number of deaths due to the corona virus recorded on May 19 in Brazil is 1,179, the highest number of deaths per day since the outbreak in the country. Earlier, the highest number of deaths in 24 hours due to the disease was recorded on 12/5 with 881 cases.

Brazil has also officially overtaken the UK in the number of cases to become the 3rd largest outbreak in the world. The South American country has recorded 271,628 cases positive for corona virus, an increase of 17,408 cases compared to the previous 24 hours.

Other South American countries also noted the heavy impact of Covid-19. As in Brazil, many cities in South America report deaths due to insufficient ventilation.

Chile is facing the risk of collapse of public health system due to overload. More than 90% of the intensive care beds in Chile’s capital Santiago have been mobilized to treat Covid-19 patients. The city cemetery had to dig 1,000 emergency graves urgently to prepare for the “wave of death” approaching.

In the Peruvian capital Lima, cases of Covid-19 infections account for 80% of the intensive care beds. “We are in a bad situation, this is a war,” said Pilar Mazzetti, who heads the Peruvian government’s anti-Covid-19 task force.

Public health organization Pan American Health said there was growing concern about the risk of virus spreading in the border areas between Brazil and Colombia and Peru. It called on regional authorities to step up measures to protect vulnerable groups such as aboriginal people, the poor and ethnic minorities.

In Africa, the number of Covid-19 infections across the continent has exceeded 90,000 cases, with a total of 2,907 deaths. South Africa is the country most heavily affected by the disease, with more than 17,200 cases, of which 312 have died. The number of Covid-19 infections in Africa has been described as “stabilizing” in recent days.