Brazil’s coronavirus cases pass five million

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Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Brazil have passed five million, with deaths in the country approaching 150,000, officials say. Brazil’s health ministry reported 31,553 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total infections to 5,000,694. The country is the third worst hit for infections, after the US and India. President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of downplaying the risks of the virus throughout the pandemic, ignoring expert advice on restrictive measures. Mr Bolsonaro has rejected criticism of his handling of the pandemic, but his decision to oppose lockdowns and focus on the economy has been hugely divisive.

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