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Deanna Wagner | 23 May, 2020, 06:23

The grim milestone on Friday came as the World Health Organization (WHO) called South America "a new epicentre" of the deadly virus, with the WHO's emergencies director, Mike Ryan, expressing most concern for Brazil.

With the tally of the confirmed cases, Brazil is now behind the United States and Russian Federation, as the global total topped 5 million according to the latest data by Johns Hopkins University.

Governments are still struggling to balance measures to prevent the virus - and head off a feared possible second wave of infections - with moves to reopen their battered economies.

But news elsewhere was less positive.

Brazil has become the country with the third highest number of new coronavirus infections in the world, with a total of more than 250,000 confirmed cases, only the United States and Russian Federation are more than Brazil.

If the reports coming out of the country about the mass graves being dug or the bodies that remain for hours on the street were not already very telling of the degree of development that the pandemic has in Brazil, if we were to stick only to the numbers, everything we don't know about the level of contagion in the country would be obvious.

A woman wearing a face mask watches a dolphin swim at the Aquarium of Genoa, Italy, as the country eases its lockdown after over two months.

In Washington, Trump - with an eye on his re-election prospects in November - made it clear he hopes more USA state governors will move towards a loosening of anti-virus restrictions.

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The petition, signed by 146 individuals and corporations, including former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party (PT), claims the Brazilian president is disrupting the efforts to contain the pandemic as well as the democracy in the country.

"In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease".

The US leader also talked about reopening places of worship, something he had initially hoped would be done by Easter Sunday, saying it was important to the nation's healing.

The authorities can not make people turn around and they have allowed some traffic to get through, our correspondent adds.

Brazil registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking total deaths to 21,048, according to the health ministry.

The new estimate from would mean a total of 37.7 million people in the region are now unemployed.

France, one of the countries hit hardest by the outbreak, saw its daily death toll dip to 83, providing a shred of optimism.

More than 5.1 million infections have been recorded globally.