The World Health Organization has warned that Latin America has become the epicentre of the crisis and Brazil is the worst-hit in the region by far.
Health experts in Brazil have warned that the real number of confirmed infections may be far higher than the official records, due to a lack of testing.
A study by the University of Washington found that the country could record more than 125,000 deaths by early August, that’s almost a five-fold increase on its current total of 24,512.
The prediction followed Brazil’s daily death toll surpassing that of the United States for the first time. It recorded 807 deaths on Monday, while 620 people died in the US.