A devastating second wave of coronavirus infections in connection with mutant variety P.1 has caused deaths from COVID-19 to soar in Brazil. As of April 6, the 7-day rolling average of daily new COVID deaths stood at 13 per one million of population. This converts into almost 4,200 deaths in just one day in the Latin American country.
In comparison, the U.S. saw only 2.4 deaths per one million of population occur on the same day - which translates into just under 1,000 daily deaths.
After previously falling, daily death counts were stagnating in the EU and the U.S. as both places are once again at a crossroads in the pandemic. The UK, which experienced a surge of deaths in January tied to mutation B.1.1.7, is on the best way out of the pandemic and has recently lifted its stay-at-home order.
Counting all deaths from the coronavirus, Brazil is once again the second-most affected country after the United States. India, which is also tackling a ferocious second wave, currently comes fourth behind Mexico and followed by the UK, Italy, Russia and France.