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    Brazil has enjoyed a long weekend, as 7 September marks Independence Day, a national holiday. This, coupled with eased restrictions in some parts of the country, prompted Brazilians to make use of their free time and hit pubs and beaches. However, this comes as Brazil has experienced a weekly increase of over 4,000 COVID-related deaths.

    Brazilians packed beaches and pubs over the weekend, despite the growing number of coronavirus cases and a weekly spike in COVID-related deaths.

    People swarmed public places as the country is celebrating its Independence Day. 

    People visit Ipanema beach, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 6, 2020. Picture taken with a drone.
    © REUTERS / PILAR OLIVARES
    People visit Ipanema beach, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 6, 2020. Picture taken with a drone.

    Additionally, two major Brazilian cities, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, announced measures to ease coronavirus restrictions, such as re-opening beaches, restaurants, and pubs.

    People enjoy the Ipanema beach amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept.6, 2020. Brazilians are packing the beaches and bars this weekend, taking advantage of a long holiday to indulge in normal life even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.
    © AP Photo / Bruna Prado
    People enjoy the Ipanema beach amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept.6, 2020. Brazilians are packing the beaches and bars this weekend, taking advantage of a long holiday to indulge in normal life even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

    More than 14,500 new coronavirus cases and over 440 new deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours. On Saturday, Brazil’s Health Ministry reported that the death toll had surpassed 125,000.

    A week ago, Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 120,800. Thus the country has seen a weekly increase of about 4,200 coronavirus-related deaths.

    Brazil has the second-highest coronavirus death toll of all countries in the world and is third in terms of the total number of confirmed cases, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

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