May 3, 2020 / 3:36 AM / a month ago

Brazil reports 4,970 new coronavirus cases, 421 deaths on Saturday

FILE PHOTO: Nurses wearing protective face masks hold crosses during a symbolic protest and tribute for health workers on Labour Day, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Brasilia, Brazil, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - There have been 4,970 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Brazil and 421 deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The nation has now registered 95,559 confirmed cases of the virus and 6,750 deaths. New cases increased roughly 5.4% on Saturday from the previous day, while deaths rose by roughly 6.7%.

Reporting by Gram Slattery; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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