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Brazil tops 15 million coronavirus cases

Brazil hit a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic of Friday (May 7), registering over 15 million cases in Latin America’s worst affected country. 

Brazil recorded 78,886 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 2,165 fatalities from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Friday. That raised the total number of confirmed cases in Latin America’s largest country to almost 15.1 million, and the official death toll to 419,114.

Brazilian lawmakers have begun an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 health crisis. The investigation has pulled up former health ministers to testify against Bolsonaro. 

Brazil has the second-highest death toll in the world, and its immunisation campaign has been criticised for its slow rollout. Its vaccination supply is running low as major cities struggle to administer second doses.

(Production: Sergio Queiroz, Leonardo Benassatto, Paul Vieira)

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