A general view of Caju cemetery is seen on March 24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A general view of Caju cemetery is seen on March 24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Rio de Janeiro, the second most populous city in Brazil, registered more deaths than births for the sixth month in a row ending in March, according to the Brazil’s civil registry.

There were 16% more deaths than births in Rio de Janeiro since October, with a total of 36,437 deaths and 32,060 births in those six months, according to the civil registry.

The city has been facing a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths in the past months. When the pandemic reached its peak in the region last year, in May and June, Rio de Janeiro registered 52% more deaths than births.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, Rio de Janeiro had more births than deaths in only five out of thirteen months, according to the civil registry.

Rio de Janeiro currently has 237,974 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 21,752 deaths, according to figures from the municipal health secretariat.