By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Brazil Ministry of Health recorded approximately 20,000 new coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the past 24 hours, eclipsing the 400,000 case mark with 411,821 through Wednesday.

The Ministry reported on the recovery of 166,647 people, a number that represents 40.5% of the total confirmed cases in the country.

To date, the country has recorded 25,598 deaths.

New estimate from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation put the COVID-19 death toll at 125,000 by the beginning of August–estimates for São Paulo (32,000) and Rio de Janeiro (26,000).

In related news, the United States passed the 100,000 COVID-19 death toll mark Wednesday while the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the risks of an “immediate second peak” as countries ease up on lockdowns, urging governments in Europe and the US to step up surveillance, testing and tracking measures.