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Brazil Hits 10 Million Covid Cases With New Strain Taking Hold

  • Nine capitals have suspended immunizations as vaccines run out
  • Country has reported over 1,000 deaths a day for most of 2021
Doctors and nurses work to resuscitate a patient in the Covid-19 ICU at the Emilio Ribas Institute of Infectious Disease hospital in Sao Paulo on Dec. 4.
Doctors and nurses work to resuscitate a patient in the Covid-19 ICU at the Emilio Ribas Institute of Infectious Disease hospital in Sao Paulo on Dec. 4.Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

Brazil became the third country in the world to breach 10 million coronavirus cases, with infections picking up speed in recent weeks as a new variant spreads amid a shortage of vaccines.

Latin America’s largest nation reported 51,879 new cases Thursday, pushing the total confirmed to 10,030,626, according to Health Ministry data. It’s a toll that lags only the U.S. and India. Deaths rose by 1,367 to 243,457, the second-highest globally.