SWITZERLAND, JUNE 22 – Brazil has become the second country in the world to pass one million confirmed coronavirus cases.
The grim milestone was reached on Friday after a record daily rise of 54,771, suggesting the ravaged country has not even reached the peak yet.
Deaths in the country also rose by 1,206, taking the official tally to 48,954, although the true figure is feared to be far higher.
There is no widespread testing programme in the country with the true figure of cases thought to be as many as ten times higher.
Second only to the United States in both cases and deaths, Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on February 26.
The virus has spread relentlessly across the continent-sized country, eroding support for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and raising fears of economic collapse.
Brazil had reported 1,032,913 confirmed cases on Friday, with and is likely to surpass 50,000 deaths on Saturday, although weekend reporting can be lower.