Brazil Exceeds 1 million Coronavirus Cases After 54,771 Tested Positive in One Day

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Brazil has become the second country in the world after the US to confirm more than one million cases of COVID-19 as the disease continues to spread.

 

On Friday night, The ministry of health reported a one-day record of 54,771 new infections, taking the total cases to 1,032,913 and becoming the second country to pass one million cases.

 

In addition, there were more than 1,200 deaths for the fourth consecutive day, taking the Brazil’s death toll to nearly 49,000 death cases.

 

The officials said the jump was caused by “instability” in its reporting system, as there was delayed reporting in three states, including São Paulo.

 

President Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticised amidst his struggles to set a strategy for dealing with the pandemic.

 

He has clashed with state and local leaders over their approach towards containing the virus by use of stay-at-home measures and business closures

 

He argues the economic impact of such approach is worse than the virus itself, and has instead pushed for the recommendation of anti malaria drugs such as chloroquine as treatment.

 

Bolsonaro has fired two health ministers since the start of the pandemic after clashing over policy differences.

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