Brazil Records 1,039 New Deaths from Coronavirus; Total Passes 24 Thousand

Brazil leads daily virus deaths for fifth straight day

This is the fourth time in the week where the daily death toll has crossed 1,000 in the South American nation after an accelerated spread of the virus.

Relatives watch as gravediggers wearing protective suits bury the coffin of a man who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 13, 2020.

Brazil's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 25,000 people on Wednesday, at 25,598, the Health Ministry said. For the 24-hour period ending Tuesday night, the country registered more than a thousand fatalities from the new coronavirus.

A study by the University of Washington has warned that the country's death toll could climb to 125,000 by early August.

"It wasn't a clinical trial, it was just a data set collected from different countries, and that doesn't meet the criteria of a methodologically acceptable study to serve as a reference for any country in the world, including Brazil", she said.

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According to health experts, the numbers are probably much higher but due to under-testing, many cases are going unnoticed.

With a total of 411,821 COVID-19 cases, Brazil now accounts for the second highest number of infections in the world.

And far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has been strongly criticised both at home and overseas for his handling of the crisis.

But most state governments have stuck to the World Health Organization's guidance and closed non-essential businesses.

Brazil's health ministry recommends doctors in the public health system prescribe hydroxychloroquine or a related drug, chloroquine, from the onset of Covid-19 symptoms.

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