Coronavirus: Brazil records highest daily rise in deaths

Coronavirus: Brazil records highest daily rise in deaths

A member of the Municipal Civil Guard checks the temperature of a pedestrian in BrazilImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionA member of the Municipal Civil Guard checks the temperature of a pedestrian in the city of Niterói

Brazil has recorded its highest daily rise in the number of deaths from the coronavirus, health officials say.

It registered 881 new deaths on Tuesday, the health ministry said. The total death toll now stands at 12,400.

It means Brazil, which is at the centre of the Latin American outbreak, is now the sixth worst affected country in terms of recorded deaths.

And experts say the real figure may be far higher due to a lack of testing in the country.

“Brazil is only testing people who end up in the hospital,” Domingo Alves from the University of Säo Paulo Medical School told AFP news agency.

“It’s hard to know what’s really happening based on the available data,” he said. “We don’t have a real policy to manage the outbreak.”

Mr Alves is one of the authors of a study that estimated the real number of infections was 15 times higher than the official figure.

The number of confirmed cases in the country currently stands at 177,589, officials say. It rose by more than 9,000 on Tuesday and overtook Germany’s tally of 170,000.

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Brazil’s total is second only to the US in the Western Hemisphere. The


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