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Brazil has announced a total of 254,220 confirmed cases, overtaking Britain to become the country with the third-highest number of coronavirus infections and doctors are now airlifting patients out of the furthest reaches of the Amazon.
Brazil's hospitals are at breaking point, as the number of new coronavirus cases hit nearly 15,000 in just one day (Saturday May 16).
It's now got the world's third-highest number of infections.
That distinction may pile pressure on leader Jair Bolsonaro.
He's continued to call for a rollback of quarantines arguing that business must stay open, fearing the toll on the economy, and defied advice from health officials.
He's fired one Health Minister, and the second one quit, after just weeks in the job.
Sao Paulo's Governor Joao Doria has again raised his voice, calling for urgent action:
"We have to beat this (economic) crisis but to beat this crisis we have to beat coronavirus. I repeat, the enemy of the economy is not quarantine, it is the pandemic."
Meanwhile on the streets, some people are out as normal, exercising right outside makeshift hospitals including one outside Rio de Janiero's iconic Maracana stadium.
Rio doesn't have a mandatory stay-at-home order, only quarantine recommendations and some restrictions on businesses.
But some like local Margarida Serqueira worry over the lack of measures.
"Brazil is in a bad state and is behind (in coronavirus response). Lockdown should have been done a long time back."
The health crisis is being felt not just in capital cities, but is also spreading fast among indigenous people in the furthest reaches of the Amazon.
Critical patients are now being airlifted out of remote areas to the only intensive care units in the vast state of Amazonas.
Doctor Edson Santos Rodrigues explains:
"Cases are going up inside the Amazon, We have brought in up to four, six, up to eight (coronavirus) patients per day."
While Bolsonaro's supporters have showed their loud support in biweekly demonstrations, one recent survey pointed to a fall in President Bolsonaro's popularity with 43 percent of participants saying they thought he was doing a 'bad or terrible job' a tumble from 31 percent in January.
Rosemary Pamire's family is surviving on one meal a day as they, like many other Zimbabweans, find their struggle for food exacerbated by lockdown measures.
Under lockdown, the more obvious threat to Rosemary Pamire's family is not disease, but hunger.
Like millions of Zimbabweans, she struggled to get enough food even before restrictions to tackle the new coronavirus were imposed in March.
Now, what little food she had stocked up has been exhausted amid an extended seven-week lockdown.
"We can only afford to eat once per day, which doesn't satisfy my family. I wish our government could give us food so that I am able to feed my family."
She says she doesn't know how they will survive.
Zimbabwe's finance minister has warned foreign lenders of worsening food insecurity if the country does not get financial help to fight the coronavirus.
The World Food Programme says 7.7 million Zimbabweans, half the population, need food aid after a devastating drought and cyclone in 2019 and patchy rains this year.
The United Nations says the new coronavirus is also deepening climate- and recession-induced food shortages.
Pamire, who lives with four grown children and two grandchildren, used to buy clothes and shoes from Zambia to resell in Harare.
She could earn $100 from a good trip but now the borders have closed, her passport has expired and she does not have enough money to renew it.
Her two adults sons can't help out because the market where they carted produce for a fee has been closed for six weeks under lockdown measures.
That's left the burden to fend for the family on the shoulders of 19-year-old Anna.
She risks arrest to sell ice lollies and bottled water at a fresh vegetable market.
Anna says when her sales are down and they can't afford maize, all they have to eat are the lollies and they go to sleep hungry, hoping for a better tomorrow.
The head of the World Health Organization said that an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review.
Since the coronavirus reached Senegal, a growing number of residents in the capital have begun ordering groceries online, a welcome boost to a fledgling delivery service in a country where produce is usually bought in shops or markets.