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Brazil registers 60,899 new coronavirus cases, 1,274 new COVID-19 deaths

FILE PHOTO: A gravedigger works at the Parque Taruma cemetery amid the coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil, December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil has had 60,899 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 1,274 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The South American country has now registered 8,256,536 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 205,964, according to ministry data, in the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States and India.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle, Editing by Franklin Paul

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