Brazil confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 9 million: health ministry

FILE PHOTO: Health workers transport a COVID-19 patient from a Brazilian Air Force airplane after arriving from Porto Velho, Rondonia state, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Salgado Filho international airport in Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Diego Vara

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil has had 61,811 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 1,386 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Thursday.

The South American country has now registered 9,058,687 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 221,547, according to ministry data, in the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chris Reese