BRASÍLIA – After the deadliest week in the pandemic to date, Brazil has registered another high in corona deaths recorded in one day. 1972 people died within 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health in Brasília on Tuesday evening (local time). The previous maximum was 1910 dead last Wednesday after 1641 on Tuesday. A total of 268 37 people died in connection with Covid-19 in Brazil. 70,764 people were newly infected, bringing the number of people infected with corona in the largest country in Latin America to more than 11.1 million. Only in the US and India are the numbers even higher. Brazil, which only started vaccinating in January, is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. The situation in the intensive care units for Covid 19 patients is extremely critical, as the news agency “Agência Brasil” reported, citing the research facility “Fundação Oswaldo Cruz” (Fiocruz). In 15 capitals and 13 states, their occupancy is over 90 percent. President Jair Bolsonaro, who played down the coronavirus from the start and now also doubts the sense of vaccination, continues to reject restrictions for economic reasons. Local politicians have recognized the seriousness of the situation and tightened the measures against the rapid spread of the corona virus. According to the Fiocruz research institute, the intense circulation of people and the increasing spread of Sars-CoV-2 have favored the occurrence of “worrying variants” in Brazil, such as the new P.1 variant that apparently emerged in the Amazon region.