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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The number of hospitalizations caused by acute respiratory distress recorded in the four months of this year grew 506 percent over the same period in 2019, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

Between January 1st and April 30th, 82,312 hospitalizations were recorded as due to severe acute respiratory syndromes (SARS). Of this total, 5,901 deaths were recorded. The government is investigating how many of these deaths were in fact caused by Covid-19 or other respiratory diseases.

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