Brazil's COVID-19 deaths close to 70,000
The number of total confirmed cases of the disease in the country has reached 1,755,779, with 42,169 new cases registered over the last 24-hour period.
This is the third consecutive day when Brazil reported more than 1,200 deaths and 40,000 new cases of the virus.
Brazil is the second worst-hit country by the pandemic after the United States.
The most populous state of Sao Paulo has been the most heavily affected by the disease, with 349,715 cases and 17,118 deaths.