Brazil became the second country after the United States to register more than 50,000 deaths from Covid-19.
This is happening amid growing political unrest and just a few days after the country confirmed more than a million coronavirus infections.
Charts of mortality and infections in Brazil show continued growth.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also recorded the largest one-day increase in cases worldwide, with most new infections in America.
The decision of far-right Brazilian President Heir Bolsonaro to oppose the blockade and focus on the economy was extremely controversial.
Two ministers of health – both doctors – resigned due to rising deaths and infections.
What are the numbers for Brazil and Latin America?
On Sunday, the Brazilian Ministry of Health announced that an additional 641 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 50,617. Over the same period, more than 17,000 new infections were reported.
In the United States alone, things are the worst: 2.2 million cases and nearly 120,000 deaths.
In Brazil, about 1,000 deaths a day have been recorded recently, although weekend numbers are usually lower. Many experts believe that the lack of testing at the national level – some of them say that the level is 20 times lower than necessary – suggests that the overall figures can be significantly higher.
At the regional level, WHO reports that of the 183,000 new cases reported worldwide in 24 hours, more than 60% were from the Americas.
Mexico, Peru, and Chile were particularly affected, except for the United States, and 1,000 people died on Sunday in Argentina.
There are now over two million infections in Latin America and the Caribbean.
How did protests develop in Brazil?
Despite the threat of the virus, thousands of supporters and opponents of Mr. Bolsonaro took to the streets during the demonstrations on Sunday.
Police in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, divided the warring groups as they left the Congress and Supreme Courts. Nilva Aparecida, one protester against Bolsonaro, told AFP:[We are here] in defense of democracy and ask Bolsonaro to leave. This president has usurped the power of the people and today is committing atrocities. He does not deserve to rule our country. “
Other major meetings took place in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Opponents of Mr. Bolsonaro also call for his impeachment amid growing political crisisHe is under investigation on charges of attempting to intervene in the police for political reasons, which he denies, while the Supreme Court is conducting two separate investigations into his allies.
On Thursday, former assistant and family friend was arrested after allegations of corruption.
Bolsonaro supporters say Congress and the Supreme Court are trying to curb his powers.
Mr. Bolsonaro openly disagrees with the recommendations of his ministry of health, arguing that the economic consequences of blocking will be more detrimental than the health effects of the virus itself, and it enjoys the strong support of its supporters.
Some states and cities have taken their own measures. After several months of restrictions, some of them are gradually being canceled, although the level of infection remains high.
Concerns remain that the health system will not be able to cope in some places and that the disease is spreading faster in destitute neighborhoods and remote areas, such as indigenous communities, where access to adequate care is difficult.
Normal for Brazil
South American BBC correspondent Katie Watson in Sao Paulo.
It was a bit cold, said the president of Brazil, referring to Covid-19 when the crisis began.
And even as infections increased and the death toll increased, Jair Bolsonaro continued. “I’m not a grave digger,” he said in April when he was interrogated by numbers. A week later, he was again taken on a mission. Therefore, he replied: “I am not a miracle worker.”
Even these last figures do not prompt the president to change course.
He speaks little of those who perished. Instead, he continues to repeat the message that Brazil cannot stop, the economy must reopen, and the country needs to return to normal.
But this is not normal when more than a million infections and 50,000 people died.
Brazil is in the middle of this crisis, and many here feel that they lack a leader to deal with it. All this time, the numbers continue to grow.
“Destruction” of one family by Covid-19
Seven members of the Douglas Sterzi Diaz family were infected with Covid-19.
“The central core of my family was completely destroyed,” said a trainee surgeon in his apartment in downtown São Paulo.
His mother and uncle died in the hospital where he works. His grandmother also died. Douglas was the only one who attended his mother’s funeral — the rest of the family was quarantined.
“I did it all. Only me – me and me. This is the worst thing that has ever happened, because you have no one to cry with, no one to cuddle. ”
He is worried about what will happen in the next few weeks when major cities begin to open.
“Why do we open shopping centers? It’s crazy, it’s incredible, ”he says.
“When the crisis began, and I saw what was happening in Italy, I was most afraid of choosing between patients – letting someone die. I think we are very close to this in the next few weeks. ”