Brazil's coronavirus outbreak worsens as total cases near 500,000

Reuters

Posted at May 31 2020 07:14 AM

BRASILIA - Brazil registered a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world's worst outbreaks.

The death toll in Brazil from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle Editing by Paul Simao)