Brazil reaches 71,469 deaths from coronavirus on Saturday

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil reached 71,469 deaths due to coronavirus this Saturday, with a further 1,071 deaths reported by Covid-19, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

The figures show that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 1,839,850 after the count of 39,023 infections on Saturday.

Brazil is the second country in the world with the highest number of cases and deaths due to Covid-19, behind only the United States.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health changed the guidelines for people with mild symptoms of the disease and started asking these patients to see a doctor, claiming that early treatment reduces the need for respirators.

São Paulo remains the state most affected by the disease in the country, with 366,890 cases and 17,702 deaths. Governor João Doria (PSDB) renewed the quarantine in the state until July 30, despite recent measures to ease isolation.

Rio de Janeiro has 129,675 cases and 11,406 deaths, while Ceará has 135,945 cases, with 6,853 deaths.

Also according to the Ministry of Health, the country has 1,100,873 patients recovered from the disease and 667,508 in follow-up.

See a chart of cases around the world: https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALTH-MAP/0100B59S43G/index.html

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