July 15, 2020 / 9:30 PM / a month ago

Brazil coronavirus cases rise by 39,924 as it inches closer to two million mark

FILE PHOTO: A person walks past Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, which is closed amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil on Wednesday reported 39,924 additional novel coronavirus cases in a day as the country’s total tally inched closer to 2 million, the health ministry said.

Brazil now has 1,996,748 confirmed cases and 75,366 deaths, 1,233 more than on Tuesday.

Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Christian Plumb

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