Brazil reports over 130,000 deaths from coronavirus

Brasilia: The Brazilian government said on Friday the country’s Covid-19 death toll surpassed 130,000 after registering 874 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 130,396.

Additionally, 43,718 new Covid-19 cases were reported, bringing the national count to 4,282,164 cases, Xinhua reported.

Sao Paulo, the most populous and hardest-hit state in the country, has reported 882,809 cases and 32,338 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 240,453 cases and 16,883 deaths. Brazil has the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Latin America.

Meanwhile, the number of people found positive for coronavirus continued to rise for the sixth straight week in Italy, mostly driven by people returning from holidays as Italy increases its testing capacity.

Another 1,616 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry statistics released Friday, as Italy carried out 99,000 more nasal tests.