May 23, 2020 - Health

Brazil reports most coronavirus cases outside of the U.S.

New graves at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on May 22. Photo: Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil is reporting more confirmed coronavirus cases than any country in the world other than the U.S., Johns Hopkins data indicated on Friday evening.

The big picture: Prolonged lapses in testing and tracking, documented by the Washington Post in April, led to severely undercounted death tolls in the country as it emerged as an epicenter of the virus in Latin America.

Where it stands: Brazil is reporting over 330,000 cases and over 21,000 deaths, per Johns Hopkins. More than 135,000 people have recovered from the virus.

  • Experts doubt Russia's official coronavirus toll, and intelligence officials and foreign leaders also question China's numbers.

Go deeper: Confirmed coronavirus deaths in Brazil's largest city spike by over 400%

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Data: Johns Hopkins University; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

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By the numbers: The death toll from COVID-19 now stands at more than 34 times the number of people who died on 9/11.

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

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Why it matters: Even as states reopen their economies, Americans are still seeking relief. Revised data out Thursday also showed U.S. economy shrunk by an annualized 5% in the first quarter — worse than the initially estimate of 4.8%.

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The Las Vegas Strip on May 21. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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