Coronavirus cases cross 5 million in Brazil

8 October 2020, Kathmandu

Coronavirus cases in Brazil have crossed 5 million, with deaths in the country approaching 150,000, officials say.

With 29,741 new cases on Wednesday, the total infections has climbed to 5,000,694 in the country, according to Worldometer.

The country is the third worst-hit for infections, after the US and India.

President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of downplaying the risks of the virus throughout the pandemic, ignoring expert advice on restrictive measures.

Bolsonaro has rejected criticism of his handling of the pandemic, but his decision to oppose lockdowns and focus on the economy has been hugely divisive.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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