Brazil registered 114 new Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the steepest daily increase so far, bringing the total death toll to 667, according to data from the Health Ministry. Total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached 13,717, up from 12,056 yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry intends to wait for more clinical evidence before recommending the use of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and other drugs to treat Covid-19 patients. In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said the first results of trials involving 5,000 patients are set to be released on April 20.
“We have already cleared [hydroxychloroquine] for critical patients and those in hospitals. There are still doubts about prophylactic use,” he said. “Doctors have the pen in their hands. If they take responsibility and prescribe it, there’ll be no obstacle to that. But for the Ministry of Health to recommend it, we need more time to see if it is good, or if there are any collateral effects.”