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Brazil COVID cases top 20 million, death toll at 559,607

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Brazil has had 40,716 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 1,175 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said.

The South American country has now registered 20,026,533 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 559,607, according to ministry data, in the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest.

Photo: Two homeless people, one of them protected with masks, rest in front of a mural in Sao Paulo, Brazil. EPA-EFE/Fernando Bizerra