SAO PAULO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Brazil on Wednesday recorded 1,437 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 97,256.
Tests also detected 57,152 new infections, bringing the total caseload to 2,859,073, said the health ministry.
The state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous state, is the epicenter of the national outbreak, with 585,265 infections and 24,109 deaths.
Meanwhile, state governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, announced on Wednesday that cities showing decreased levels of cases and hospital capacity would be authorized to have bars and restaurants open until 10:00 p.m. local time starting on Thursday.
Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, second only to the United States, both in terms of caseload and death toll.