BUENOS AIRES 

Brazil registered 3,251 coronavirus fatalities over the last 24 hours, the highest single-day death toll the country has seen during the pandemic, health authorities said Tuesday. 

The latest additions took the country’s tally to 298,676.

The case tally in the Latin American country also surpassed 12.13 million with 82,483 new infections.

Sao Paulo state, the most affected part of the country, has recorded over 2.33 million cases and 68,623 fatalities.

Brazil, the world’s worst-hit country by the pandemic after the United States, has been going through difficult times lately due to both high occupancy levels in intensive care units and the spread of P1, the more contagious type of the disease, which is thought to have originated in Amazonas state.

In the country, whose population exceeds 212 million, the average daily death toll in the last week has been 2,300.

Since originating in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 2.73 million lives in 192 countries and regions.

Over 124 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries surpassing 70.3 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

The US, Brazil and India remain the worst-hit countries in terms of cases.

*Writing by Merve Berker

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