Brazil registers 8,501 new COVID-19 cases, 179 deaths in last 24 hours: ministry

FILE PHOTO: A medical professional shows a tattoo before last patients leave a temporary field hospital, after being treated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and discharged in Brasilia, Brazil, October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil reported 8,501 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 179 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Monday.

The South American country has now registered 5,554,000 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 160,253, according to ministry data, in the world’s most fatal outbreak outside the United States.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle, Editing by Franklin Paul