Brazil surpasses Russian Federation in confirmed virus cases, becomes the world’s second worst

Latin America named coronavirus epicenter

WHO says South America a 'new epicentre' of pandemic; Africa tops 100,000 cases

The death toll in Brazil has soared past 20,000, and with 310,000 reported cases, it has the third-biggest caseload in the world behind the United States and Russian Federation.

South America has now become an epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, about six months after the new virus emerged on the other side of the world in Wuhan, China, the World Health Organization declared Friday.

Brazil has confirmed more than 330,000 cases of the coronavirus, surpassing Russian Federation to become the nation with the second-highest number of infections, behind only the United States.

Russian Federation moves down to third in the world for the number of coronavirus infections with 326,448 cases, including 3249 deaths.

Brazil is the "most affected" South American country, and authorities there have approved broad use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19, he said.

Gravediggers wearing protective suits prepare to bury the coffin of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a ceremony with no relatives, at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 22, 2020.

"The COVID-19 pandemic today reached a milestone in Africa, with more than 100,000 confirmed cases".

"In a way, South America has grow to be a brand new epicenter for the illness", Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO's prime emergencies knowledgeable, informed a press convention on Friday, noting that Brazil is "clearly probably the most affected".

"Clearly there is a concern across many of those countries, but clearly the most affected is Brazil at this point", said World Health Organization emergencies director Mike Ryan.

"Since Brazil has a younger population, it's normal for the number of cases to be higher among under 60s", said Mauro Sanchez, an epidemiologist at the University of Brasilia.

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The president threatened to "override" governors who defy him, but it was unclear whether Trump had any authority to force them to do so.

Brazil reported more than 20,000 deaths and 300,000 confirmed cases, making it the third worst-hit country in the world by official counts.

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The death toll has doubled in just 11 days, according to ministry data.

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