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People demonstrate against racism and against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 7, 2020 amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Fatalities in Brazil are rising rapidly and the country may overtake the United Kingdom to have the second-largest number of deaths in the world.

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Global deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 400,000 on Sunday, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally.

The United States is responsible for about one-quarter of all fatalities, but deaths in South America are rapidly rising.

The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in just five months is now equal to the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

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Global cases are approaching seven million, with about two million, or 30 per cent, of those cases in the United States. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak with more than 15 per cent of cases, according to Reuters tally.

The first COVID-19 death was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan, China but it was early April before the death toll passed 100,000, according to the Reuters tally of official reports from governments. It took 24 days to go from 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.

The U.S. has the highest death toll in the world at almost 110,000. Fatalities in Brazil are rising rapidly and the country may overtake Britain to have the second-largest number of deaths in the world.

The total number of deaths is believed to be higher than the officially reported 400,000 as many countries lack supplies to test all victims and some countries do not count deaths outside of a hospital.

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