Brazil sees 344 new COVID-19 deaths, health ministry says

FILE PHOTO: Gravediggers wearing protective suits bury the coffin of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during Christmas Day at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil’s biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 25, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil has registered 344 new COVID-19 deaths, and 18,479 fresh coronavirus cases, the health ministry said on Sunday.

Brazil now has nearly 7.5 million confirmed cases, and a total of 191,139 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began, according to the health ministry figures.

Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; editing by Diane Craft