Brazil, one of the countries most affected by COVID in the world, registered in the last 24 hours 204,854 new coronavirus infections, a new record for infections for one day since the start of the pandemic, in February 2020, the Ministry of Health reported this Wednesday.
It is the first time that the Latin American giant exceeds 200 thousand infections in one day, something that specialists had already been anticipating due to the rapid spread in the country of the omicron, a variant that is much more contagious and that already accounts for more than 90% of new cases in Brazil.
The number of cases this Wednesday even exceeded that registered on September 18, when the country recorded 150,110 infections, but this figure was inflated by the inclusion of thousands of cases from previous weeks (92,614 positives) that had not been updated in the systems of the Ministry of Health.
The sharp jump in cases in recent days caused the average number of infections in a week to also register a new record this Thursday: 99,974 daily cases.
In other words, the country is currently registering almost 100,000 infections per day and the forecast of specialists is that this average continues to grow for another two or three weeks.
The average number of infections multiplied more than 32 times in the last four weeks, from three thousand 090 cases per day on December 23, when the average was at its lowest level in 20 months thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign, to the record of 99 thousand 974 daily infections this Wednesday.
According to the bulletin released by the Ministry of Health, in addition to the 204 thousand 854 new cases, Brazil registered 338 new deaths from COVID in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of victims to 621,855, and up to 23 million 416 thousand 748 infections since the start of the pandemic, in February 2020.