Coronavirus

Brazil breaks into Covid-19 top 3, but could already be number 1

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil have taken the country above the UK in overall rankings, but low testing means the actual total may be far higher

Brazil breaks into Covid-19 top 3, but could already be number 1
Protective mask on the floor in front of the Maracanã field hospital. Photo: A. Paes/Shutterstock

With 255,368 total coronavirus infections as of Monday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has now leapfrogged the United Kingdom as the country with the third-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world. However, while these numbers are already frightening, Brazil has the lowest rate of coronavirus testing out of the ten countries with the most infections, suggesting the actual total may be far higher.

With its massive population of almost 210 million people, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is among the worst-affected countries in absolute numbers. Indeed, Brazil’s number of cases per 1 million...

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