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Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 pandemic rises to 37,312 – health ministry

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread in Latin America, the death toll in Brazil has passed 37,300. In Brazil, 1,382 more fatalities over the past 24 hours raised the death toll to 37,312, according to the Health Ministry. The total case count in the world’s second worst-hit country reached 685,427, as 12,581 more people tested positive for COVID-19.

Brazil registered 37,312 total coronavirus deaths while overall cases in the country reached 685,427, according to data from the health ministry on Sunday, amid criticism of the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Unlike in the previous day, the government released cumulative figures on Sunday and not a tally of deaths and new infections in the last 24 hours. Based on Sunday’s data, Brazil registered 1,382 new deaths and 12,581 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The government changed its format for reporting COVID-19 statistics for the second straight day.

Over the weekend it removed from public view months of national data on the epidemic as President Jair Bolsonaro defended delays and changes to official record-keeping of the world’s second-largest coronavirus outbreak.

On Saturday Brazil registered 35,930 total coronavirus deaths and 672,846 confirmed cases.

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