Brazil jumps to No. 2 in worldwide coronavirus cases, behind the US

WHO says South America a 'new epicentre' of pandemic; Africa tops 100,000 cases

The novel coronavirus death toll in Brazil surpassed 20,000 on Thursday, after a record number of fatalities in a 24-hour period, the health ministry said.

The Latin American giant is now the second most affected country behind the United States, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

COVID-19 has killed 338,160 people, with more than 5.2 million cases in 196 countries and territories.

These were the details of the news Brazil jumps to world No. 2 in coronavirus cases, behind the USA for this day.

The UN health agency, the World Health Organization says the epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic has shifted to South America as cases in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo explode six months after the new coronavirus emerged on the other side of the world in Wuhan, China.

Brazil became the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases yesterday, second only to the United States, after it confirmed that 330,890 people had been infected by the virus, overtaking Russian Federation, the Health Ministry said.

Whereas the US stays the highest epicenter with greater than 1.6 million infections, South America has shortly overtaken different areas for the number-two spot, with the World Well being Group (WHO) warning of a dramatic spike in circumstances there.

"The majority of the cases are from the Sao Paulo region", said Ryan.

Unlike in Europe and the United States, where the elderly were hardest-hit, a significant number of deaths in Brazil have been younger people, who are often driven by poverty to work despite the threat of infection.

Trump demanded state governors classify churches, synagogues and mosques as "essential services" on the same level as food and drug stores, and immediately allow them to hold services despite curbs on public gatherings.

It was not clear whether he had any authority to override the governors. "In America, we need more prayer, not less", added Trump, who has previously expressed support for street protests against lockdowns.

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"The virus has now spread to every country in the continent since the first case was confirmed in the region 14 weeks ago", the World Health Organization said in a statement, noting there were 3,100 confirmed deaths on the vast continent.

But in Russian Federation authorities reported the highest ever daily death toll of 150, suggesting Covid-19 is not yet under control in the world's biggest country by area.

"The seriously ill are building up".

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