Brazil reports record high of daily COVID cases

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A healthcare worker shows the syringe to a woman after applying a dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Cacique de Ramos, one of the most traditional carnival blocks of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Brazil reported 204,854 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, breaking the country's previous record for the second day in a row, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry also reported 338 new COVID-19 deaths. The South American country has now registered 23,416,748 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 621,855.

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Reporting by Pedro Fonseca, writing by Peter Frontini; editing by Stephen Eisenhammer

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