May 2, 2020 / 9:53 PM / 23 days ago

Brazil reports 4,970 new coronavirus cases, 421 deaths on Saturday

FILE PHOTO: Community leader William de Oliveira is pictured in Rocinha slum during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - There have been 4,970 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Brazil and 421 deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The nation has now registered 95,559 confirmed cases of the virus and 6,750 deaths. New cases increased roughly 5.4% on Saturday from the previous day, while deaths rose by roughly 6.7%.

Reporting by Gram Slattery; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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