Brazil COVID-19 death toll hits 27,878, surpassing hard-hit Spain

Updated: May 31, 2020, 07:26 IST | Agencies | Rio de Janeiro

The epicentre of the South American Coronavirus outbreak, Brazil saw 1,124 deaths in 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said

A worker prepares to bury a victim in Rio de Janeiro. Pic/AFP
A worker prepares to bury a victim in Rio de Janeiro. Pic/AFP

Brazil on Friday reached 27,878 Coronavirus deaths, official figures showed, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities.

The epicentre of the South American Coronavirus outbreak, Brazil saw 1,124 deaths in 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said. It also had a record number of new cases—26,928 in one day —bringing the total number of infections to 4,65,166.

The United States, Britain, Italy and France lead the world in Coronavirus deaths. As of Friday, Spain had recorded 27,121 deaths, with virus fatalities there rapidly slowing. Brazil could soon surpass France, which has seen 28,714 deaths.

"There is no way to foresee when the outbreak will peak," the Ministry of Health said. Experts say the number of cases in Brazil could be 15 times higher than the confirmed figure because there has been no widespread testing.

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