Brazil, India are now seen as the worst COVID-19 hotspots | Instant News

COVID-19 data shows Brazil and India as the worst hotspots for the virus right now, as they both set records this week for the number of confirmed cases or deaths in a single day.

Brazil, home to the P.1 coronavirus variant, saw the highest number of deaths since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday with 4,195 deaths after previously breaking a record weekly death toll since March 11, according to Our World in Data.

Brazil’s seven-day death average stood at 2,751 as of Wednesday.

Cases in the South American country hit a second-highest level on Wednesday with more than 92,000, behind 100,000 counted on March 25. The seven-day average for cases in Brazil has reached more than 64,000, down from one in 77,000 recorded in March.

Officials in the city of São Paulo reported adding 600 new graves to the city cemetery every day, according to The Washington Post. Brazil has also confirmed its first case with a more contagious strain originally discovered in South Africa.

On Wednesday, India broke the record number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a day, hitting more than 126,000, with a seven-day average of more than 100,000 cases. India has also seen an increase in deaths since early March, documenting 630 as of Wednesday, for an average of 562 seven days.

Both countries have increased their vaccination rates, with more than 90 million doses given in India and more than 24 million doses in Brazil. The seven-day average for the vaccination rate is 3.58 million per day in India and 720,000 per day in Brazil.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

Brazil has documented the second highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in any country after the US, with more than 13 million and 340,000, respectively. India ranks third in the cumulative number of cases with 12.9 million and fourth for the number of deaths over 166,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.


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