Brazil reports 40,557 new coronavirus cases, 983 deaths

FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil recorded 40,557 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 983 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Brazil has registered more than 4.2 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 129,522, according to ministry data.

(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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