Brazil’s COVID-19 deaths surge past Spain
Published: 12:54 PM, 30 May 2020 Updated: 01:29 PM, 30 May 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Brazil reached a total 27,878, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities.
The Ministry of Health said the country saw 1,124 deaths in 24 hours. It also had a record number of new cases - 26,928 in one day - bringing the total number of infections to 465,166.
Meanwhile, Spain had recorded 27,121 deaths as of Saturday morning, with virus fatalities there rapidly slowing. Brazil could soon surpass France, which has seen 28,714 deaths.
"There is no way to foresee" when the outbreak will peak, the Ministry of Health said, and experts say the number of cases in Brazil could be 15 times higher than the confirmed figure because there has been no widespread testing.