Brazil surpasses Russian Federation in confirmed virus cases

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Russian Federation meanwhile, reported its highest ever daily coronavirus death toll of 150, suggesting the novel coronavirus is not yet under control in the world's biggest country by area.

Brazil suffered a record of 1,188 daily coronavirus deaths yesterday and is fast approaching Russian Federation to become the world's No. 2 Covid-19 hot spot behind the United States.

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.

On Wednesday, Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, an active-duty army general, authorized new guidelines for the wider use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in mild cases.

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge ruled Friday to release a video that allegedly shows President Jair Bolsonaro trying to interfere with a law enforcement probe in order to protect his son from being investigated.

Bolsonaro said he will approve yesterday or today a 60 billion-real (RM45.55 billion) federal aid programme for states and cities hit by coronavirus but asked governors for support freezing public sector pay increases.

Speaking later on Thursday, Bolsonaro said it was normal for politicians to begin to lose some popularity after more than a year in office.

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In researches conducted the month prior, analysis have shown that use of the drug in US hospitals for veterans raised no significant or definitive changes.

In Brazil, the Sao Paulo state remains the epicenter of virus outbreak with around 70,000 confirmed cases including over 5,000 deaths. The healthcare system there, he warned, could collapse within two weeks.

"I don't want people coming over here and infecting our people".

Experts say insufficient testing might mean that the true figure in Brazil could be far greater.

Footage from an April 22 meeting between Bolsonaro and members of his Cabinet were part of evidence presented by former Justice Minister Sergio Moro who resigned last month and accused Bolsonaro of interfering with police investigations. "Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it".

Brazil's health ministry said Friday there were 3,30,890 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The authorities can not make people turn around and they have allowed some traffic to get through, our correspondent adds.

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