Brazil registers record death rate, marking it as global hotspot for Covid-19
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Brazil registered its highest COVID-19 death toll for a single day, with 881 new deaths confirmed over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Tuesday.
Brazil, the Latin American country hit hardest in the pandemic, appears to be quickly becoming a new global flashpoint.
The total death toll from the new coronavirus has now hit 12,400 in the country, with 177,589 confirmed cases — up 9,258 from the day before.
That makes Brazil the sixth most-affected country, after the United States, Britain, Italy, France and Spain.
"Certainly, the increase of cases (in Brazil) in the last several days is a case of concern," Marcos Espinal, head of the communicable diseases department at the Pan American Health Organization, told a briefing in Washington.
Experts say under-testing means the real numbers in Brazil are probably far higher.
"Brazil is only testing people who end up in the hospital," said Domingo Alves, one of the authors of a study published last week that estimated the real number of infections in the country was 15 times higher than the official figure.
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