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  World   Americas  31 May 2020  Brazil has record new coronavirus cases, surpasses France in deaths

Brazil has record new coronavirus cases, surpasses France in deaths

REUTERS
Published : May 31, 2020, 12:01 pm IST
Updated : May 31, 2020, 12:01 pm IST

Brazilian states are preparing to ease quarantine restrictions despite warnings from public health experts

Cemetery workers wearing protective clothing bury a victim of COVID-19 at the Sao Franciso Xavier cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP)
 Cemetery workers wearing protective clothing bury a victim of COVID-19 at the Sao Franciso Xavier cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP)

Brasilia: Brazil reported a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, and the death toll surpassed that of France and now ranks only below the United States, Britain and Italy.

The South American nation has now reported 498,440 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, a level of contagion second only to the United States.

The death toll in Brazil from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.

Brazilian states are preparing to ease quarantine restrictions despite warnings from public health experts who say the worst is still to come.

Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has played down the gravity of the epidemic and criticized lockdowns for paralyzing the economy and causing widespread unemployment and hardship.

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