Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 88,000

People walk with bags at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 19 June 2020.
People walk with bags at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 19 June 2020.Reuters

Brazil has recorded 921 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 88,539, officials said.

Meanwhile, tests have detected 40,816 new infections, taking the total caseload to 2,483,191, said the health ministry on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

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Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19, second only to the US, both in terms of caseload and death toll.

The state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous state, is the epicentre of the national outbreak, with 487,654 infections and 21,676 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 159,639 infections and 13,033 deaths, and Ceara, with 165,550 cases and 7,613 deaths.