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Brazil country most affected by outbreak in Latin America

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 1, 2020
The novel coronavirus outbreak continues to claim lives in Latin America on Thursday.
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Brazil   The unemployment rate rose to 12.2% in the last three months
In Brazil, some 435 people died over the past 24 hours due to the pandemic, according to the country's Health Ministry.

Topics: Brazil

The ministry announced that the number of people who died due to coronavirus reached 5,901, while the number of infected people climbed by 7,218 to reach 85,218.

Meanwhile, 35,935 people have recovered from the virus in the South American country having a population of nearly 210 million.

The death cause of 1,539 people is being investigated, added the ministerial statement.

The unemployment rate rose to 12.2% in the last three months, meaning more than 1 million people are out of work during the first quarter, the biggest rise in three years, statistics agency IBGE said Thursday.

Shortly after the figures were released, Privatization Secretary Salim Mattar said the numbers could double due to the virus and he claimed the real outcome will become clearer after the second quarter.

The unemployment rate “may increase between 50% to 100%," Mattar said.