Brazil jumps to world No. 2 in coronavirus cases, behind the U.S.


Gravediggers wearing protective suits bury the coffin of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil’s biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil overtook Russia on Friday in terms of the number of coronavirus cases, having registered 330,890 people who have contracted the virus, second only to the United States.

Brazil registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking total deaths to 21,048, according to the health ministry.

However the true number – both of cases and deaths – is likely higher as Latin America’s top economy has been slow to ramp up testing.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Editing by Chris Reese

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