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Workers carry out the burial of a Covid-19 victim at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 11. Fernando Bizerra / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock

The state of Sao Paulo recorded a total of 1,021 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Secretary of State for Health on Tuesday. This figure is the highest recorded since the start of the pandemic.

The deadliest day for the state in terms of a pandemic was seven days ago, March 16, when 679 people died in 24 hours. A total of 68,623 people in São Paulo have lost their lives to Covid-19.

The healthcare system is also on the verge of collapse, with 91.9% of the beds in the state’s intensive care units occupied. As of Monday, there were 29,039 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Sao Paulo, including 12,168 in intensive care unit beds. As of March 1, the number of hospital patients stood at 15,977, almost half of the current number.

On Monday, Sao Paulo’s Council of Municipal Health Secretariats warned that 54 cities had enough oxygen only for the rest of the week.

At a press conference the same day, Governor João Doria announced a partnership with a private beverage company to build an oxygen plant in Ribeirao Preto, one of the largest cities in the state of Sao Paulo. .

In an interview with CNN’s Julia Chatterley on Monday, the governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, called Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro a “psychopathic leader” and criticized the president’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are in one of those tragic moments in history where millions of people are paying a high price to have a psychopathic and unprepared leader as the head of a nation,” he said on First Move. from CNN.

Doria said a large chunk of deaths from the virus in Brazil could have been avoided had Bolsonaro “acted with the responsibility the job gives him.” He added that Bolsonaro had made “incredible mistakes, the most important of which was having a political dispute with the governors who are trying to protect the people.”

A little more background: Bolsonaro has repeatedly opposed the lockdowns and restrictive measures and criticized governors and mayors for implementing them. He was also seen waving to crowds of his supporters during the pandemic, without wearing a mask, and advocated for drugs like hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus – a drug that has not been proven effective in the fight against Covid-19.

Brazil now has more than 12 million cases of coronavirus in the country, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

CNN’s Julia Chatterley and Hira Humayun contributed reporting for this post.

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