President Donald Trump and his administration are now considering a travel ban on Brazil after the South American country's confirmed number of infections hit 275,000, the third-highest number of nationwide cases worldwide.
Brazil on Tuesday registered 1,179 COVID-19 deaths in the previous 24 hours, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said, as the pandemic exacted its worst daily toll yet in the hardest-hit Latin American country.
The last health minister, Nelson Teich, resigned last week after less than a month on the job, reportedly after clashing with Bolsonaro over the president's insistence on widespread chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine use.
The controversy is just the latest twist in Brazil's erratic strategy to tackle the virus, with Bolsonaro pushing to restart the economy while local authorities try to enforce lockdowns and restrict activities to control it.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets crowds protesting stay-at-home orders in Brasilia on May 17. Now, at least 19,038 people have died from the virus.
The death toll comes as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has followed in the footsteps of U.S. president Donald Trump and defended the use of hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug Mr Trump claims to be using to keep Covid-19 at bay.
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In researches conducted the month prior, analysis have shown that use of the drug in USA hospitals for veterans raised no significant or definitive changes.
Sao Paulo state, the economic and cultural capital of Brazil, is by far the most affected, with about a quarter of the country's deaths and infections. We are helping Brazil with ventilators ...
On Monday, São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas said that the city's public hospitals had reached 90 percent capacity and that in only two weeks they will no longer be able to support the influx of patients. I worry about everything, I don't want people coming in here and infecting our people. "We're sending them ventilators", Trump tells reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House.
"People want to be in their churches", Trump said. "Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it".
Brazil's health ministry recommended Wednesday using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19, treatments President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for despite a lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness.