Coronavirus: Brazil records highest daily jump in deaths

Updated: May 21, 2020, 07:55 IST | Agencies | Rio de Janeiro

In the face of a spreading pandemic, indigenous activists, celebrities and agents on the ground warn inaction is enough to wipe out many indigenous people

A Satere-Mawe indigenous child sits beside a man preparing medicinal herbs to treat people with COVID-19 symptoms in the Wakiru community, in Taruma, Brazil. Satere-Mawe indigenous leader Andre Satere said 11 people in their community are showing Coronavirus symptoms. The local and state governments were called to assist, but to no avail. At least 88 indigenous people have already died of COVID-19 in the Amazon. Pic/AFP
A Satere-Mawe indigenous child sits beside a man preparing medicinal herbs to treat people with COVID-19 symptoms in the Wakiru community, in Taruma, Brazil. Satere-Mawe indigenous leader Andre Satere said 11 people in their community are showing Coronavirus symptoms. The local and state governments were called to assist, but to no avail. At least 88 indigenous people have already died of COVID-19 in the Amazon. Pic/AFP

Brazil on Tuesday recorded the highest daily deaths caused by COVID-19, Reuters reported on Wednesday. So far, the virus has killed 17,971 in Brazil and infected 2,71,628, including 17,408 new cases registered on Tuesday.

COVID-19 has entered the remote indigenous lands in Brazil's Amazon, the government agency responsible for protecting native people brushed off calls for action.

In the face of a spreading pandemic, indigenous activists, celebrities and agents on the ground warn inaction is enough to wipe out many indigenous people.

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