Brazil surpassed 1.8 million confirmed cases of novel coronavirus Friday, according to the country’s health ministry.

The ministry recorded 45,048 new cases in the previous 24 hours — bringing the country’s total to 1,800,827.

Brazil also reached 70,000 Covid-19 deaths after another 1,214 related fatalities Friday. The nationwide toll now stands at 70,398.

President Jair Bolsonaro — in semi-isolation after testing positive for the virus this week — said he hoped the country’s governors and mayors would reopen “as soon as possible” and “in a responsible way.”