Pot-bangers protest Bolsonaro's speech as Brazil sees record number of COVID-19 deaths
CA, 24 Mar 2021
Brazil suffered a record 3,251 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday as pot-banging protests erupted across the country during an address by President Jair Bolsonaro, who defended his pandemic response and pledged to ramp up vaccinations.
The new record number of daily deaths underlines the scale of Brazil's outbreak, which appears to be spiraling out of control amid a choppy vaccine rollout and a patchwork of public health restrictions.
In his brief televised address, Bolsonaro said his government had never failed to adopt measures to combat the pandemic and said he would make 2021 the year of vaccinations.
However in cities across Brazil, loud pot-banging protests echoed as many voiced their anger at his handling of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 people.
Bolsonaro has been under mounting pressure to control the COVID-19 outbreak after repeatedly playing down the virus, sowing doubts about vaccines and fighting state and local lockdown measures.
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