What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic today (March 18th)

Brazil has record COVID-19 deaths, Coronavirus ‘not under control’ in Paris region, ‘Tornado’ hitting Papua New Guinea’s hospitals, Vaccination of pregnant women could protect babies, Iceland opens borders for vaccinated visitors.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in the world today:

Brazil has record COVID-19 deaths

Brazil on Tuesday reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths just as the country’s new health minister nominee pledged to continue the controversial policies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the severity of the disease.

The comments by cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga, a day after he was tapped by Bolsonaro, dashed hopes for significant change in course to curb a worsening pandemic. COVID-19 has killed more than 280 . . .

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