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Record death toll in Brazil +++ US debates easing restrictions

Brazil's response to the coronavirus outbreak has been complicated by conflict between President Jair Bolsonaro's federal government and the states.
Regional leaders are enforcing lockdowns, against the wishes of the president. The death toll from the disease is the highest in Latin America. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the large numbers of patients. And undertakers are struggling to bury the victims.

The US government's top infectious disease expert has warned lawmakers that cities and states could see a spike in Covid-19 deaths if they lift their lockdowns too quickly. Anthony Fauci expressed his concerns while testifying before the US Senate from his home.

Turkey has started easing restrictions designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Towns and provinces are emerging from curfew, with the intention of allowing tourists to return to the country beginning at the end of May.
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