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Brazil overtakes Russia to become world no. 2 in Covid-19 cases, behind US

In Sao Paulo, the worst hit city, aerial video showed rows of open plots at the Formosa Cemetery as it rushed to keep up with demand

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Photo: PTI
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The true number of cases and deaths is likely higher than the figures suggest, as Latin America’s top economy has been slow to ramp up testing

Reuters Rio De Janeiro
Brazil became the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, after it confirmed that 330,890 people had been infected by the virus, overtaking Russia, the Health Ministry said.

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

In Sao Paulo, the worst hit city, aerial video showed rows of open plots at the Formosa Cemetery as it rushed to keep up with demand.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his handling of the outbreak and is at the center too of a deepening

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First Published: May 23 2020 | 11:21 PM IST

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