Brazil total coronavirus cases top 8 million: health ministry

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Brasilia

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil reported 52,035 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 962 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Friday.

The South American country has now registered 8,013,708 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 201,460, according to ministry data, in the world's third worst outbreak outside the United States and India.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)