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Brazil reports new record of #COVID_19 daily cases with 13,944

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Friday, 15 May, 2020, 15:35
Brazil reports new record of #COVID_19 daily cases with 13,944

Brazil reported the biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases yet as the pandemic shows no signs of slowing in Latin America’s largest economy. The Health Ministry reported 13,944 new cases on Thursday, solidifying the country as the new global hot spot for the disease. The number of infections has more than doubled in the past two weeks, pushing the total to 202,918 -- figures health officials say likely don’t fully reflect the situation amid a widespread lack of testing in the nation home to 210 million people.

Brazil also registered 844 new deaths, pushing the total to 13,993. Last week, the country surpassed the U.K.’s daily death toll, trailing only the U.S. in terms of recorded daily deaths. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects Brazil’s death toll may reach nearly 90,000 by early August.