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Thu Apr 30, 2020, 05:01 PM

Brazil sees record increase in Covid-19 cases - as it happened

Source: The Guardian

Brazil sees record increase in Covid-19 cases – as it happened

Thu 30 Apr 2020 00.16 BST
First published on Wed 29 Apr 2020 00.19 BST

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Brazil sees record increase in cases
Dom Phillips

Brazil has reported a record increase in cases, with its ministry of health confirming 6,276 more infections in a 24-hour period, taking the country’s total to 78,162.

It has also suffered another 449 deaths in that time, raising its toll to at least 5,466 people since the outbreak began. Health specialists believe the real numbers are much higher.

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the rising death toll and, in recent weeks, has insisted the virus was “going away”. He shrugged off Tuesday’s news that the official Brazilian total had surpassed the WHO-reported death toll in China, saying: “So what? I’m sorry. What do you want me to do?”

Now, he has sought to blame state governors and mayors for the deaths – even though they have introduced social distancing measures against his while he repeatedly with supporters and other Brazilians.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/29/coronavirus-live-news-brazil-deaths-exceed-known-china-toll-as-us-infections-pass-1-million?page=with:block-5ea9f0548f0882b206dcf9da#block-5ea9f0548f0882b206dcf9da

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