Brazil on Saturday reported 559 new deaths from Covid-19, raising the country’s total fatalities to 150,198, according to the National Council of Health Departments.
After the United States, Brazil is now the second country in the world to reach 150,000 deaths, attributed by critics to the country’s haphazard response to the outbreak, personified in President Jair Bolsonaro’s leadership.
The actual death toll is believed to be much higher because of low Covid-19 testing capacity in some parts of the country.
The council also reported 26,749 new cases of the virus on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 5.08 million.
In terms of total cases, Brazil is ranked third worldwide, after the US and India, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases.