Brazil has confirmed 49,298 new Covid-19 cases and 1,212 deaths in the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry reported Wednesday.
At least 111,100 people have died in Brazil from coronavirus, according to the ministry’s data. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases now stands at 3,456,652.
A top Brazilian health official said at today’s news conference that Covid-19-related deaths in the country have been on the decline.
“Since the epidemiological week 30 [mid-July], it has been falling progressively. We need to follow the disease's behavior in the next two or three weeks to see if we are truly having a significant fall,” Brazil’s Secretary of Health Surveillance Arnaldo Correia de Medeiros said.
Some context: As of last week, Covid-19-related deaths fell by 2% compared to the previous week, according to data released on Wednesday by the health ministry.
Brazil continues to trail only the United States in terms of the highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the world.