RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Brazil registered 461 new deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 153,675, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
The ministry said that 24,062 more cases were registered, bringing the nationwide count to 5,224,362.
The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, has been the most affected by the disease, with 1,062,634 cases and 37,992 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 289,569 cases and 19,715 deaths.
Brazil has reported the second highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, after the United States, and the third largest number of cases, after the United States and India.
Analysts at the state-run research center for diseases, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, said that despite the downward trend in COVID-19 cases and deaths, both curves are still high, and they will likely remain high over the coming months. Enditem