Brazil registered a record number of coronavirus-related deaths for the second day in a row on Wednesday.
The country's health ministry reported 1,349 new Covid-19 fatalities in the previous 24 hours, raising the total to 32,548.
The ministry also recorded 28,633 new confirmed cases Wednesday, for a total of 584,016.
Despite the rise in cases, parts of the country started loosening virus-related restrictions this week.
More deaths in Rio: The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro also recorded a record number of coronavirus-related deaths in a day, according to the state health secretary.
Authorities said Wednesday that 324 Covid-19 deaths had been identified in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 6,010 fatalities.
The state also recorded 2,508 new confirmed cases -- taking the total there to 59,240.
The city of Rio de Janeiro began opening some nonessential businesses and activities Tuesday after an announcement from Mayor Marcelo Crivella Monday. Crivella said he expects the Brazilian city to “return to normal” in early August.