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Brazil sees 1,071 more deaths from Covid-19

12 Jul 2020 12:29, Somoy English Desk
Brazil sees 1,071 more deaths from Covid-19
Brazil sees 1,071 more deaths from Covid-19

Brazil on Saturday reported 1,071 more deaths from Covid-19, taking the death toll to 71,469, the second-highest in the world. 

Only the United States has recorded more coronavirus-related fatalities than Brazil.

Health authorities of the South American country also said they recorded another 39,023 Covid-19 cases, bringing the nationwide total to 1,839,850 since the pandemic began. 

Among those who have tested positive is Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Following his diagnosis, Bolsonaro acknowledged the grave risk posed by the virus, which he has in the past dismissed as just a "little flu."

"We know the fatality of the virus for those of a certain age, like me, above 65, as well as for those with comorbidities, diseases, other issues. In those cases, the virus could be decisive and lead to death -- everyone knew that," he said.

Brazil has been reporting tens of thousands of new cases, and over 1,000 deaths, a day since late May, reports CNN.

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