June 19, 2020 / 10:09 PM / 21 days ago

Brazil passes one million coronavirus cases, nearly 50,000 deaths

People walk with bags at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil on Friday passed a total of more than 1 million coronavirus cases, and nearly 50,000 deaths, according to Health Ministry data, in a new nadir for the world’s second worst-hit country.

Brazil has recorded 1,032,913 confirmed cases, second only to the United States, with 1,206 new deaths reported on Friday to take the total official fatalities to 48,954, the ministry said.

Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Sandra Maler

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