In pictures: The coronavirus is surging in Brazil

 edition.cnn.com  05/23/2020 01:05:24 
This aerial photo shows an alleged coronavirus victim being buried at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 22.

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Updated 0105 GMT (0905 HKT) May 23, 2020

This aerial photo shows an alleged coronavirus victim being buried at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 22.

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Brazil is one of the few large countries in the world where coronavirus cases  and death rates  are still rising.

It is Latin America's hardest-hit country, with confirmed cases climbing by the thousands each day.

Only the United States has more confirmed cases than Brazil, which passed 300,000 this week. More than 20,000 people have died.

The health care system in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, is wavering on the brink of collapse. Its mayor warned that the health system could be overwhelmed soon if residents don't follow social-distancing guidelines.

President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat of the virus, saying quarantines and lockdowns could have a worse impact on Brazil's economy. He has repeatedly dismissed Covid-19 as a "little flu" and urged businesses to reopen, even as many governors scramble to implement social-distancing measures and slow the spread.

Gravediggers carry a coronavirus victim during his funeral in Rio de Janeiro on May 18.

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Miqueias Moreira Kokama, son of indigenous Chief Messias Kokama, hugs relatives at his father's funeral in Manaus on May 14. Messias Kokama was 53.

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Dr. Willie Baracho checks out a patient in a Rio slum on May 19. Staying in isolation has been difficult for residents who live in tightly packed favelas and are forced to go to work in order to maintain an income.

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Water utility workers disinfect a favela in Rio on April 24.

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A man waits outside a Rio bank to receive government benefits on May 20.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a rally against lockdown measures on May 17. Such rallies have become a regular opportunity for Bolsonaro's supporters to gather and catch a glimpse of the populist leader.

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A woman holds a Brazilian flag while Bolsonaro supporters take part in a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Rio on May 17. Protesters were blaming China for being the country where the coronavirus started.

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A resident of Paraisopolis, one of Sao Paulo's largest slums, takes part in a May 18 protest to demand more aid from Sao Paulo's state government.

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An indigenous woman holds her children while waiting on testing in Manaus on May 21.

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A nurse holds the arm of a coronavirus patient at a field hospital in Manaus on May 21. The hospital was built exclusively for coronavirus patients.

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People in Rio wait outside a government-run bank for aid money on April 28.

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A funeral worker, wearing protective clothing, prepares to remove a coffin from a home in Manaus on May 7.

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An employee works at a coffin factory in Sao Paulo on May 19.

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Doctors in Brasilia protest the lack of salary payment on May 21.

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People wear face masks on the Icarai beach in Niteroi on May 21.

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Commuters peer through a bus window in Rio on May 12.

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Men in Rio walk past a banner that reads "stay at home" in Portuguese.

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People ride on a train in Sao Paulo on May 19.

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Manicurist Flavia Ferreira cries while she talks about her situation in Rio on April 15. Ferreira hadn't worked since a quarantine was put in place in Rio. She received donations of food from a cultural center and from neighbors in her favela.

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A municipal police officer asks a man for his documents at a checkpoint in Rio on May 12.

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Orani Tempesta, the archbishop of Rio, celebrates Easter Mass at the Christ the Redeemer statue.

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Barbers wear protective face masks as they work in a Rio favela on April 21.

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A city worker disinfects playground equipment in the Andarai favela in Rio on April 13.

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A member of a cultural center wears a mask in Rio's Turano favela on April 15.

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Women dance as an armed forces band plays at a Rio shelter for the elderly on May 14.

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Health workers in Rio move a body from cold storage on May 5.

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Leticia Machado, a manicurist who is jobless because of the pandemic, sits listlessly at her home in Rio on April 15.

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