Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19: Ministry

Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourao looks on during an inauguration ceremony of the new Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello (not pictured) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil’s Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello has tested positive for COVID-19, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

Pazuello is the country’s third health minister since the start of the pandemic.

Brazil recorded 661 more deaths from Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 154,837, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 23,227 new cases were recorded, taking the national count to 5,273,954.

Brazil ranks second globally in COVID-19 deaths, behind only the United States. It ranks third worldwide in established cases, behind the United States and India.

Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, has been most struck by the pandemic, with 1,068,962 cases and 38,246 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 292,621 cases and nearly 20,000 deaths.

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