Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll tops 240,000


SAO PAULO, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 240,000 on Tuesday, a day usually marked by boisterous Carnival celebrations that were canceled this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The country registered 1,167 COVID-19 deaths and 55,271 new cases in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 240,940 and the total caseload to 9,921,981, the Ministry of Health said.

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Southeast Sao Paulo state is the hardest hit by the pandemic, with 56,702 deaths and 1,927,410 cases.

Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, becoming the 15th member in President Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet to be diagnosed with the virus to date, in addition to the president and Vice President Hamilton Mourao.

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