Brazil's coronavirus deaths pass 150,000 as infection rate slows
The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in Brazil has passed 150,000, the second-highest toll in the world.
The fact that president Jair Bolsonaro has been downplaying the virus - even after having contracted it - has not helped efforts to curb the spread.
Scientists fear that Brazil is only in its first wave and a second wave is coming.
Al Jazeera's Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brazil's coronavirus deaths have surpassed 150,000 on Saturday. Health experts worry about another potential surge in COVID-19 cases as the safety measures were relaxed. Countries across Europe have announced new restrictions after daily coronavirus cases on the continent passed 150,000.
The World Health Organization welcomed the curbs, saying they are "absolutely essential" to stop COVID-19 from overwhelming hospitals.
All bars and restaurants have been ordered to close in Belgium, while restrictions on social contact have been introduced in Italy. The US death toll from coronavirus has passed 200,000.
The United States reached the benchmark after another 115 deaths were reported on Tuesday.
According to Johns Hopkins University, while only about 4 percent of the global population, the US has accounted for approximately 20 percent of coronavirus deaths globally.
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