Brazil registers record 26,417 coronavirus cases in a day: ministry

Gravediggers wearing protective suits carry the coffin of Andre Wendel, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Sao Joao Batista cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil reported a daily record of 26,417 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, according to the Health Ministry, bringing its total tally to 438,238, second only to the United States in confirmed cases.

Brazil’s death toll rose 1,156 from a day earlier to 26,754 confirmed fatalities from the COVID-19 respiratory disease, just shy of a record 1,188 deaths registered on May 21.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Brad Haynes

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