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3:29 a.m. ET, March 17, 2021

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll reaches highest daily record to date

From CNN's Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo

An employee uses a bulldozer to prepare more graves in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 11.
An employee uses a bulldozer to prepare more graves in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 11. Andre Penner/AP

Brazil reported 2,841 coronavirus-related fatalities on Tuesday, its highest daily death toll since the pandemic began, according to the health ministry.

The country’s total Covid-19 death toll now stands at 282,127. 

Additionally, 83,926 new Covid-19 cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the total caseload to 11,603,535.

On Monday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the appointment of cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga as the country’s fourth health minister since the pandemic hit last March. Queiroga is replacing the current minister, Army General Eduardo Pazuello, who has led the health ministry since May 16, 2020.

The transition in the Ministry of Health will take place in a couple of weeks, according to Bolsonaro.

Meanwhile, governors of the most hit regions in the country announced the adoption of night curfews and more restrictive measures to try to curb the virus' spread. 

Fourteen of the twenty-six Brazilian states, plus the Federal District, are under curfew --generally between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. -- the majority of them enforced in the last week. 

In addition, 18 state governments announced more restrictive measures over the last five days.