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Brazil records 112,286 coronavirus cases, 251 COVID-19 deaths

Brazil records 112,286 coronavirus cases, 251 COVID-19 deaths

Medical workers care for a patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Hospital das Clinicas during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jan. 14, 2022. REUTERS/Diego Vara

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Brazil reported 112,286 new coronavirus cases and 251 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Friday.

The country has now registered 22,927,203 cases since the pandemic started nearly two years ago, while the official death toll has risen to 620,796, according to ministry data.

The number of new cases on Friday is the highest since June 23 last year in regular records and represents a huge jump from the same day of the week last year, when 63,292 cases were registered.

Brazil has the third highest number of deaths from COVID-19, behind the United States and Russia, and the third most confirmed cases, after the United States and India.

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