Brazil, the second country in the world with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19, reached 363,211 infections this Sunday, registering 15,813 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to the latest report released by the Ministry of Health.

The number of deaths is also on the rise. In the last day, 653 new victims were reported, so that in total 22,666 people have lost their lives in Brazil due to the pandemic.

The South American country became the second most infected nation in the world after the United States, with more than 1.6 million infected.

Brazil, which in the last week has reported an average of 17,500 cases per day, surpasses Russia, which ranks third in the world with just over 344,000 people infected and which this Sunday recorded the lowest number of infections since May 1, with 8,599 cases in the last 24 hours.

Sao Paulo, the country’s richest and most populous state, with some 46 million inhabitants, continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, with 6,163 deaths and 82,161 confirmed cases.

Rio de Janeiro, which is on the verge of 4,000 deaths from COVID-19, with 37,912 already infected and a collapsed health system, has once again become the second region with the most cases in Brazil.

It is followed by the state of Ceará, in the impoverished northeast of the country, with 35,595 infections and 2,324 deaths, alarming numbers for its population, estimated at some nine million people.

Amazonas, another of the regions hardest hit by the pandemic in Brazil, recorded 29,867 cases and 1,758 deaths.

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