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Brazil posts new record of 1,972 COVID-19 deaths in a day

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sao Paulo

(This March 9 story corrects death toll in second paragraph)

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil registered 1,972 new COVID-19 deaths in a single day on Tuesday, a record, according to the Health Ministry.

The country had 70,764 new cases of coronavirus, reaching a total of 11.12 million infections. Brazil had 268,370 coronavirus deaths.

Rio de Janeiro-based research institute Fiocruz said in a report on Tuesday that more than 80% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are occupied in the capitals of 25 of Brazil’s 27 states. In 15 of Brazil’s largest cities, 90% of ICU beds occupied.

The institute said a growing number of cities risk a collapse of their health systems.

(Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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