Trump 'Considering' Travel Ban to Brazil as Death Toll Spikes

Brazil's Bolsonaro Expands Use of Controversial Hydroxychloroquine After Daily Coronavirus Deaths in Country Hit Record High

The true number of cases and deaths is likely to be higher than the figures suggest, as Latin America's top economy has been slow to ramp up testing.

Brazil has become the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases, overtaking Russian Federation and becoming second only to the United States.

The number of deaths in Brazil is now the sixth-highest in the world, behind the United States, Britain, Italy, Spain and France.

But nearly all of the country's 27 states are under some sort of lockdown order, though Brazilians are wearying of the restrictions in place since the end of March.

In the world's largest country by population, China, Premier Li Keqiang told the opening of the National People's Congress that, given the "great uncertainty" caused by the pandemic, Beijing will not set a growth target but "give priority to stabilising employment and ensuring living standards".

In Brazil, the Sao Paulo state remains the epicenter of virus outbreak with around 70,000 confirmed cases including over 5,000 deaths.

"We did the right thing but we now want to get going. you'll break the country if you don't", he told African-American leaders in MI.

"Brazil needs to be united".

On Monday, São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas said that the city's public hospitals had reached 90 percent capacity and that in only two weeks they will no longer be able to support the influx of patients.

"We are at war: 'Worse than being defeated is the shame of not having fought'".

Mr Bolsonaro has compared the virus to "a little flu" and promoted the use of the unproven drug chloroquine, despite warnings that it may be unsafe.

Brazil's health ministry has recommended using the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 - treatments President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness.

Brazil's new guidelines were approved by interim Health Minister Gen. Eduardo Pazuello, who had no health experience prior to becoming the ministry's No. 2 official in April. "Let's go together in peace, Mr President, together for Brazil", he said.

No sooner was Teich out the door than Bolsonaro's government recommended Wednesday that all COVID-19 patients receive one of the drugs as soon as they show symptoms.

"There is still no scientific proof, but (chloroquine) is being monitored and used in Brazil and around the world", Bolsonaro tweeted afterward.

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