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Brazil's coronavirus death toll passes 100,000 - health ministry

FILE PHOTO: Gravediggers wearing protective face masks dig new graves at Vila Formosa cemetery amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo

(Reuters) - Brazil reported 49,970 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 905 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Brazil has registered 3,012,412 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 100,447, according to ministry data, in the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak after the United States.

Reporting by Sabrina Valle; editing by Jonathan Oatis