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Covid-19: Brazil now has third highest number of cases behind US and Russia

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 21 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2059

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  1. Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade
  1. São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil has overtaken the UK to become the country with the third highest number of confirmed covid-19 cases, behind only the US and Russia.

Data from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center1 show that Brazil had 19 951 new cases as of 20 May, taking its total number of cases to 291 579. These numbers are thought to be an underestimation, however, as the country has not been able to improve its testing capacity.

Brazil also recorded more than a thousand daily deaths from the disease for the first time, with 1179 reported on 19 May, and 18 859 in total.2

The worsening health crisis comes amid institutional chaos which has seen two health ministers depart in less than a …

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