Brazil passes the half million mark for COVID-19 cases

A gravedigger wears protective clothing at the Recanto da Paz Municipal Cemetery during the burial of a victim of COVID-19, in the city of Breves, southwest of Marajo Island, an island at the mouth of Amazon River in Para, May 30, 2020. (AFP Photo)

Brazil registered 16,409 new cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, raising the total of infected cases to 514,849 in the second worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the world after the United Sates, the health ministry said.

It said there were 480 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours in Brazil, for a total of 29,314, the fourth highest in the global pandemic after the United States, Britain and Italy.

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