Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 225,000

# 02 February 2021 09:15 (UTC +04:00)

Brazil registered 595 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, taking its death toll to 225,099, the country's Health Ministry said, APA reports citing Xinhua.

In the past day, the South American country also reported 24,591 new coronavirus cases, taking its national caseload to 9,229,322.

Pandemic hotspot Sao Paulo, the most populated state in the country, is in red alert due to a growing outbreak, and has banned non-essential activities from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on weekends.

So far, the state has registered 53,090 deaths and 1,779,722 cases.

However, authorities on Monday announced transmission rates have improved, so restrictions will be reviewed and possibly relaxed.

"In the third week of January we had more than 6,800 patients in intensive care and today we have 5,800. There are about 1,000 fewer beds being occupied and with that we managed to stabilize the number of infected and deaths," Jean Gorinchteyn, Sao Paulo's secretary of health, said at a press conference.