efe-epaSao Paulo

Brazil continues to set grim records for the impact of coronavirus, with 4,195 deaths in the latest 24-hour period, and President Jair Bolsonaro's response has been to shift from denying the seriousness of Covid-19 to labeling it on Wednesday as "practically impossible" to eradicate.

The virus has now claimed nearly 337,000 lives in Brazil. Only the United States, with more than 552,000 fatalities, has been hit harder by the pandemic.

The US, a nation of 330 million people, has 30.5 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, compared with 13 million in Brazil, which is home to around 210 million.