Brazil has recorded another big rise in the number of infections, overtaking Russia as the country with the second-highest number of cases after the US.
Brazil has now registered 330,890 infections and 21,048 deaths. The daily number of deaths has been above 1,000 for three of the past four days. Health experts say a lack of testing means the true figures will be much higher.
The latest figures came as the World Health Organization declared South America “a new epicentre” of the pandemic.
Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly criticised public health advice, condemned lockdown measures and downplayed the risks of Coronavirus.
According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, the US has registered more than 1.6 million cases and nearly 96,000 deaths while Russia has confirmed 326,488 infections and 3,200 deaths.