Brazil becomes 2nd country to cross 100,000 COVID-19 deaths.The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 725,000 people worldwide.
More than 19.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.
The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 4.99 million diagnosed cases and at least 162,421 deaths.
Brazil became the second country to top 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to its Ministry of Health.
The country’s official death toll stood at 100,477 after it reported 905 deaths in the previous 24 hours.
Only the U.S. — at more than 162,000 — had previously crossed into six figures. Mexico, at just over 51,000 deaths, is third globally.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn criticism, even by those within his government, for his lax attitude toward the virus — despite testing positive and recovering himself.
Bolsonaro, like his close ally, President Donald Trump, has touted hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned not to use it.
A coronavirus diagnosis ended up being a blessing in disguise for Minnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith.
Smith, who was set to enter his second season this fall, recently tested positive for COVID-19. But after going into the doctor for further testing, doctors discovered an unrelated heart issue.
He will undergo open-heart surgery to repair a bicuspid aortic valve.
The surgery will knock Smith out for the upcoming season, but he is expected to make a full recovery and play football again.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said that he has again tested negative for coronavirus, according to a statement released by his office.
DeWine had tested positive earlier in the week, but then later that day announced that via a separate test he tested negative.