Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 25,000 on Wednesday, as the country emerged as the latest epicentre in the pandemic.
The health ministry said it had confirmed 1,086 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the fifth time the daily toll exceeded 1,000 since the crisis accelerated in Brazil last week.
That pushed the nationwide death toll to 25,598.
The country of 210 million people now has 411,821 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, second only to the United States. Experts say under-testing means the real figures are probably much higher.
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