Brazil has passed 1 million coronavirus cases and approached 50,000 deaths, a new nadir for the world’s second worst-hit country as it struggles with a tense political climate and worsening economic outlook.
Brazil reported 1,032,913 confirmed cases, with 1,206 new deaths to take total official fatalities to 48,954, the Health Ministry said. Reuters reported that the country also saw a new record daily number of cases, with 54,771, suggesting the outbreak is far from over. Brazil is likely to surpass 50,000 deaths today, although weekend reporting can be lower.
Even so, the true extent of the outbreak far exceeds the official figures, according to many experts, who cite a lack of widespread testing.