The number of cases in Brazil reached 330 thousand 890 on Friday, ranking only behind the United States, which has more than 1.5 million

Brazil outnumbered Russia in number of cases of coronavirus COVID-19 after registering 20,803 new infections in one day, it became the second country in the world most affected by the pandemic.

The number of cases in Brazil reached 330 thousand 890 on Friday, standing only behind United States, which has more than 1.5 million infections, according to the balance disclosed by the Ministry of Health and that reflects the growing advance of the disease in the country.

The Latin American giant reached 21 thousand 48 dead, after registering a thousand new deaths compared to the previous day, a slightly lower number than the record of 1,188 recorded on Thursday.

However, according to various studies, the actual number of cases It could be up to 15 times higher due to the high underreporting in the country, which is struggling for hours to expand the capacity of the laboratories.

The most affected state so far is Sao Paulo, a region where 46 million people live and which has registered 76,871 cases and 5,773 deaths, representing almost 30 percent of the total deaths in the country.

In death toll, behind Sao Paulo, it stands Rio de Janeiro (3,665), whose homonymous capital has a fatality rate for COVID-19 of 12.7 percent, almost double the national average of 6.5 percent, according to the state Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) with data from the Ministry of Health.

Despite the fact that most cases are concentrated in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the World Health Organization (who) expressed on Friday its concern about the situation in the vast Amazon region of the country (north), whose hospital infrastructure is deficient, and in Pernambuco (northeast).

The worsening of the crisis in Brazil has contributed precisely so that South America “It is becoming the new global epicenter of the pandemic,” said the director of the WHO Emergency ProgramMike Ryan.

“We see many South American countries that have an increasing number of cases and there is great concern in these countries, but the most affected is Brazil,” said the senior official of the international fight against COVID-19 in a virtual press conference.

With information from EFE