RIO DE JANEIRO, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Brazil has registered 1,424 more COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising its national death toll to 544,180, the health ministry said Tuesday.
As many as 27,592 new cases were detected, taking the total caseload to 19,419,437, the ministry said.
Brazil currently has the world's second-highest pandemic death toll after the United States, and the third-largest caseload, after the United States and India.
The South American country, which is experiencing a new wave of infections with hospitals overwhelmed by patients, has a mortality rate of about 259 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, said the ministry.
Some 124.3 million people in Brazil have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and over 34.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.