UPDATE: With 407 new deaths, Brazil has its worst 24 hours

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The latest Covid-19 numbers published by the Health Ministry show Brazil has had its worst 24-hour period for new infections (3,735) and deaths (407) since the beginning of the pandemic. The country’s total coronavirus figures are as follows:

  • 49,492 confirmed cases;
  • 3,313 deaths.

Newly-appointed Health Minister Nelson Teich said during a press conference that it remains too soon to tell if the jump in cases and deaths is directly related to an effort by states — especially in São Paulo — to end their backlog of coronavirus tests. According to Mr. Teich, authorities must wait a few days in order to observe the trends the numbers will present.