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Brazil virus toll surges to third-highest in world


An excavator is seen during a collective burial of people due to the coronavirus in Manaus, Brazil. File/Reuters

Brazil's death toll from the novel coronavirus has surged to become the third-highest in the world, surpassing Italy's, according to official figures released Thursday.

The South American country of 210 million people reported a new record of 1,473 deaths in 24 hours, bringing its overall toll to 34,021, from 614,941 infections, the health ministry said.


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For the second straight night, the health ministry delayed release of Thursday's data until 10pm local time, after Brazil's widely watched evening news program ended. Thursday was the third straight day with a new daily high for Brazil’s coronavirus deaths.

Brazil has reported more than 34,000 deaths from the virus so far, meaning it surpassed the amount in Italy and trails only the UK and US Experts consider the tally a significant undercount due to insufficient testing.


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