Brazil overtook Russia on Friday as the country with the second highest number of coronavirus infections worldwide behind the United States when America emerged as the new epicenter of the pandemic.
The South American country has now registered 330,890 infections and 21,048 deaths from the new coronavirus, although experts say that a sub-check means that actual numbers can be 15 times or more.
The number of deaths in Brazil increased by 1,001 in 24 hours, the third time in four days it was over 1,000.
The upswing came when the World Health Organization declared South America to be the "new epicenter" of the pandemic.
"There are clear concerns in many of these countries, but Brazil is currently the most severely affected," said Mike Ryan, WHO Director of Emergency.
The United States has recorded more than 1.6 million cases and nearly 96,000 deaths, according to a report by Johns Hopkins University.
Russia has registered 326,488 cases and 3,200 deaths.
The number of deaths in Brazil is currently the sixth highest in the world after the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and France.
However, the crisis in Brazil is not expected to peak until June.
The country, which has 210 million inhabitants, has responded to the pandemic incoherently.
Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who is known to have compared the virus to "small flu", condemns measures taken by state and local authorities to stay at home and says it is unnecessarily damaging the economy.