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Brazil Rises to 2nd Place in COVID-19 Cases, Overtaking Russia - Health Ministry

© AP Photo / Leo CorreaIn this Sunday, May 3, 2020 photo, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up as if wearing a protective mask and with a hashtag that reads in Portuguese: "Mask saves," amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In this Sunday, May 3, 2020 photo, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up as if wearing a protective mask and with a hashtag that reads in Portuguese: Mask saves, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  - Sputnik International
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The overall number of coronavirus-infected people in the world has topped 5.1 million, with the death toll reaching over 330,000, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Resource Centre.

Brazil overtook Russia in coronavirus infections on Friday, adding 20,803 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the current total to 330,890, according to data posted by the country's Ministry of Health. The country registered 1,001 new coronavirus deaths over the period, increasing the death toll to 21,048.

Russia has 326,448 confirmed cases and 3,249 deaths, according to data from the country's Health Ministry.

Brazil is now second in terms of most coronavirus-affected countries in the world, while the United States continues to top the list with over 1.5 million confirmed infections. The São Paulo region is the epicentre of the outbreak in the country, with more than 76,000 infections and over 5,000 deaths.

The first COVID-19 infection in Brazil was registered on 26 February, one day after the end of carnival.

Around the world, there are over 5.1 million registered COVID-19 infections, and the disease has claimed more than 336,000 lives, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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