Brazil reports 36,315 new COVID cases and 979 deaths in 24 hours -ministry

FILE PHOTO: Student Esperanca Maria Gomes Rodrigues, 18, receives a dose of Sinovac’s Coronavac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Butanta Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Carla Carniel

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil has had 36,315 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 979 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Thursday.

The South American country has now registered 20,494,212 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 572,641, according to ministry data, in the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest after the United States.

As vaccination advances, the rolling 7-day average of COVID deaths has fallen to less that one third of the toll of almost 3,000 a day at the peak of the pandemic in April.

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