Brazil nears four million coronavirus cases, death toll at 122,596: health ministry

FILE PHOTO: People walk at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil reported 42,659 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,215 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

Brazil has registered 3,950,931 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 122,596, according to ministry data, in the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak outside the United States.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chris Reese

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