June 18, 2020 / 10:54 PM / 16 days ago

Brazil nears 50,000 coronavirus deaths and 1 million cases

FILE PHOTO: A nurse changes the medications of a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Emilio Ribas Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s Health Ministry reported new COVID-19 statistics on Thursday showing the country fast approaching 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 50,000 deaths.

With the world’s worst outbreak outside the United States, Brazil now has 978,142 confirmed cases and 47,748 deaths, up 1,238 from Wednesday, the ministry said.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca

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