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Brazil jumps to second in COVID-19 cases worldwide

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Publication date: 2020/05/22 07:36

Brazil - SMART

On Friday, Brazil has the second-highest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the world, after registering more than 310,000 cases.

Brazil has registered 310,087 cases since COVID-19 emerged, 20,047 of them died, overtaking Britain (252,246 cases), then Spain (233,037 cases). 

On May 6, 2020, Brazil came ninth in terms of COVID-19 cases, overtaking China that has announced 84,079 cases so far.

The United States has first-highest number of registered cases in the world with 1.577,287 cases, which equals one third of the cases worldwide. Russia came second on May 19, 2020 after it came third on May 11, 2020. 

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 5.1 million people until May 22, 2020, more than 333,000 of them died and 1.5 million recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University's statistics. 

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spreads from person-to-person and by respiratory droplets. These droplets fall on surrounding surfaces, so other people could be infected when they touch these surfaces by touching their eyes, noses, or mouths. People could be infected if they inhale droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important to keep a one-meter distance (three feet) away from infected people.

Infection symptoms include body aches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. The symptoms begin as mild and develop gradually. Some people become infected without showing any symptoms and without feeling ill. About 80% of infected people recover from the disease without any special treatment.