The BBC reported on Wednesday that Brazil has recorded more than 4,000 covid-related deaths for the first time in 24 hours, and the more contagious variant of the virus has stimulated an increase in the number of infected people.
Hospitals were flooded, and people in some cities were dying while waiting for treatment.
To date, the total number of deaths in the country is close to 337,000. Only the United States has a higher death toll.
The healthcare system in Brazil, a country of 210 million people, has collapsed or is on the verge of collapse in many regions.
But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any measures to control the infection.
He argued that the damage to the economy was even more serious than the impact of the virus itself, and he tried to abolish certain measures taken by the local authorities in the courts.
Speaking to supporters in front of the presidential palace on Tuesday, he criticized the quarantine measures, saying they were related to weight gain and depression, and resulted in unemployment. He did not comment on the death toll.
According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil has recorded more than 13 million coronavirus cases so far. In March, the death toll caused by covid-19 was approximately 66,570, twice the number recorded in the previous month.