Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 23,000 after 807 fatalities in a day

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A woman passes by a placard reading "Together against coronavirus" in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

Brazil's Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello warned towns in the interior of the country to brace for the pandemic, which has mainly ravaged Brazil's larger coastal cities, such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Brazil on Monday said its death toll from the novel coronavirus climbed to 23,473, following 807 fatalities in a single day.

The total number of people who have tested positive for the disease reached 374,898, with a mortality rate of 6.3 percent, according to the Health Ministry.

In the past 24 hours, 11,687 new cases of infection were detected, while a total of 153,833 people have recovered since the pandemic reached Brazil.

The White House on Monday brought forward the effective date of its travel restriction on Brazil, saying in a statement that the measure will now come into force two days earlier, beginning at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday instead of the initial date of Thursday.

Brazil's Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello warned towns in the interior of the country to brace for the pandemic, which has mainly ravaged Brazil's larger coastal cities, such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Interior cities need to prepare their healthcare networks for a wave of COVID-19 cases, including from smaller surrounding towns, he said.

"We must have the structures that were prepared in the capital and metropolitan regions to receive these people from the interior, where they don't have these structures," Pazuello said in a video conference organized by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil's leading research center for diseases.

Brazil is entering the stage of the pandemic that will see "its dispersion somehow towards the interior," he said.

At the start of May, some 44 percent of Brazilian cities with 20,000 to 50,000 inhabitants registered cases of infection, according to a study by Fiocruz.