Brazil surpasses 1.7 million coronavirus cases and nearly 68,000 dead

A woman walks past by a graffiti depicting Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusting his protective face mask and viruses, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 2, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)

Brazil exceeded 1.7 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of Wednesday, and the disease has killed a total of 67,964 people, according to the country's Health Ministry.

In the last 24 hours, the country registered 44,571 new cases and an additional 1,223 deaths from the disease, ministry data showed.

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