Brazil becomes the second country in the world to surpass 1 million coronavirus cases

Published: June 20, 2020 7:56 AM EDT
An excavator digs more graves at the Vila Formosa cemetery. (LINCON ZARBIETTI/PICTURE ALLIANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES)

On Friday night, Brazil became the second country in the world to surpass 1 million cases of the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The nation is on track to overshadow the U.S. for the most coronavirus deaths in the world by the end of July, according to one model.

The United States, which currently has the world’s highest number of cases and deaths, currently has more than 2.2 million cases and more than 119,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. Brazil is fast-approaching 1.1 million cases and has just under 49,000 deaths.

Brazil reported a record-breaking 54,771 new cases on Friday, according to Reuters, and the country is expected to top 50,000 deaths over the weekend. The country’s health ministry said that the spike occurred because numbers were underreported on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which is part of the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, has projected that Brazil’s death toll will exceed that of the U.S. in July.