Brazil Records 1,039 New Deaths from Coronavirus; Total Passes 24 Thousand

Most Brazilians want tougher lockdowns even as economic cost mounts

As a result, the total number of deaths is 24,512, and confirmed cases, 391,222. Brazil is now next to U.S. as having the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

And he said he trusts the US ban on travelers from Brazil will be temporary, even as the nation's death toll continues to climb.

He said the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro is grateful that the USA gave it advance warning of the measure, as well as for "gifts" to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, including 1,000 ventilators for the Brazilian Health Ministry and a $7 million donation to help fight COVID-19.

The stark prediction came shortly after Brazil's daily death toll surpassed that of the United States for the first time.

Bolsonaro has meanwhile pinned his hopes on the medication hydroxychloroquine, that - like US President Donald Trump - he has touted as a potential wonder drug against COVID-19. Experts say those figures are significantly underestimated due to insufficient testing.

After the World Health Organization (WHO) temporarily stopped the clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of coronavirus, the French government banned the treatment on Wednesday.

However, some nations including Brazil said it would not change its recommendation to treat COVID-19 infection with regard to hydroxychloroquine despite the WHO's directive.

Forster said he wants to look beyond the pandemic, toward joint research projects between Brazil and the USA and the exchange of information "about vaccines, therapy and medicine that we know we're able to develop to treat this terrible disease".



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