Brazil has now registered 21,308,178 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 592,964, according to the health ministry data.

Iran PressAmerica: The South American country has had 24,611 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 648 deaths from COVID-19 in the world's third-worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest after the United States, the health ministry said on Thursday.

As vaccination advances, the rolling 7-day average of COVID deaths has fallen to less than one-fifth of the toll of almost 3,000 a day at the peak of the pandemic in Brazil in April.

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