June 8, 2020 / 9:42 PM / 25 days ago

Brazil total COVID-19 deaths rise to 37,134, says state health secretaries

FILE PHOTO: Men run near a graffiti depicting a woman wearing a protective face mask, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil reported a total of 37,134 deaths due to coronavirus and 707,412 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to the Council of State Health Secretaries (Conass), which brings together the heads of health departments of all of the country’s states.

Conass, which is separate to the federal Health Ministry, began publishing its own coronavirus figures over the weekend after the ministry removed data from its website and stopped releasing cumulative totals for deaths and cases.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chris Reese

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