Brazil expunges virus death toll as data befuddles experts

Virus Outbreak Brazil
Posted at 8:53 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 20:53:36-04

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's federal government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections in a move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America’s largest nation.

Satirdau's change came two days after official numbers showed Brazil had the third-highest number of deaths in the world, surpassing Italy.

It has the second most infections, just behind the United States.

Experts have been saying for months that Brazil’s statistics are woeful, and in some cases manipulated, so it may never be possible to understand the depth of the pandemic in the country.

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