Brazil records 290 coronavirus deaths in last day, Health Ministry says

People wearing protective masks walk past a graffiti, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares/Files

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil confirmed 290 coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 12,342 new cases, the nation’s Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The South American country has now registered 5,094,979 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 150,488 total deaths. The government corrected its earlier figure of 5,094,982 total cases.

(Government corrects number of new cases in past 24 hours to 12,342 and total number of cases to 5,094,979)

Reporting by Ana Mano, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien