Brazil is expected to surpass the US January high for COVID-19 deaths, as the country experiences a deadly increase in viruses, Reuters reported.
On Tuesday, Brazil broke the daily record for fatalities from the virus, with more than 4,000 deaths recorded in a 24-hour period. The country has been experiencing consistent daily death records since February.
The current increase is being attributed to a more contagious and rapidly spreading local variant, P.1, along with few virus protection measures being implemented in the country, notes Reuters.
As the United States stepped up its vaccination efforts, Brazil changed to become the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus. The US, however, still leads the way in total deaths worldwide.
Data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health show that the country has suffered almost 337,000 deaths from COVID-19, while the United States has had more than 555,000 deaths.
So far, the P.1 strain has been responsible for a relatively small percentage of general cases of COVID-19 in the USA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note, however, that the strain, along with other mutations, can hinder vaccination efforts.