Brazil’s coronavirus cases surpass half a million

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Tue, 02 Jun 2020 - 09:27 GMT

Coronavirus disease (Covid 19)- Photo courtesy of US Department of State

Coronavirus disease (Covid 19)- Photo courtesy of US Department of State

BRAZILIA, June 1 (MENA) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Brazil has exceeded 500,000, according to official statistics published on Monday.

In the past day, 16,409 new cases were recorded, taking the total number to 514,849. The death toll from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus rose by 480 to 29,314. More than 206,500 patients have recovered, euronews reported quoting the Brazilian Health Ministry as saying.

On Sunday, the Health Ministry reported about 33,274 new coronavirus cases and the daily growth has been setting records for the third day in a row.

Brazil, where the first coronavirus case was confirmed on February 26, is ranked second after the United States for the number of COVID-19 cases. The South American country is in the fourth place after the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy for the number of fatalities from the coronavirus. The Health Ministry predicts that the situation would stabilize by July and in August the infection spread would begin to slow.

More than 6 mln people have contracted the coronavirus worldwide and nearly 367,000 have died.(

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