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Bolsonaro shrugs off criticism he is 'genocidal' as Brazil reports record 4,000 daily deaths

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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SANTO ANDRE, BRAZIL - MARCH 11: Medical staff members transport a patient on a stretcher at the Pedro Dell???Antonia Sports Complex field hospital as coronavirus cases soar on March 11, 2021 in Santo Andre, Brazil. The state of Sao Paulo has reached over 80% occupancy in intensive care units and has declared a red alert as the spread of COVID-19 has accelerated in Brazil in recent weeks. State Health Minister Jean Gorinchteyn announced that they are already recruiting health professionals for reinforcement and working in 140 extra ICUs to prevent the collapse of the health system. 38 patients with COVID-19 have already died on the waiting list for ICU's beds in the state in the first ten days of March. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has shrugged off criticisms that he is "genocidal" in his opposition to Covid-19 restrictions, as the nation recorded its deadliest 24 hours of the pandemic so far.

São Paulo (CNN)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has shrugged off criticisms that he is "genocidal" in his opposition to Covid-19 restrictions, as the nation recorded its deadliest 24 hours of the pandemic so far.

Brazil smashed its previous daily record with 4,195 Covid-19 fatalities, health ministry data Tuesday showed -- marking the highest death count in the world for that 24-hour period, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Bolsonaro, who has continued to downplay the seriousness of his country's health crisis, brushed off claims he was to blame for the country's spiraling death toll.

Around a third of the deaths reported Tuesday were in São Paulo, where 1,389 people died in 24 hours, state government data showed -- a record for the most deaths in a single day in any Brazilian state.

Bolsonaro also said locking down would be counterproductive, as people would be more vulnerable to the virus.

"We are finalizing communications with the other [health] authorities, including Anvisa, on how we can effectively import this vaccine," Bolsonaro said, referring to Brazil's health regulatory agency.

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