Brazil nears 50,000 coronavirus deaths and 1 million cases By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Sao Paulo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Health Ministry reported new COVID-19 statistics on Thursday showing the nation fast approaching 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 50,000 deaths.

With the world’s worst outbreak outside the United States, Brazil now has 978,142 confirmed cases and 47,748 deaths, up 1,238 from Wednesday, the ministry said.

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