Brazil registers 42,619 new cases of coronavirus, 1,220 deaths

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rio de Janeiro
Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rio de Janeiro

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil recorded 42,619 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours as well as 1,220 deaths, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Brazil has registered more than 1.7 million cases since the pandemic began, while cumulative deaths total 69,184, according to the ministry.

(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Chris Reese)