Brazil has exceeded 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. That is the second highest total in the world.

The Health Ministry said Thursday that the country had 1,524 deaths in the previous 24 hours, reaching a total of 200,498 from the pandemic.

The milestone was reached when Brazilians once again packed its beaches.

Many Brazilians have been fighting quarantine for months, going to bars or small gatherings with friends, but massive explosions have been few and far between since the pandemic began. Then the big festivities began after the southern hemisphere summer began on December 21.