Brazil has overtaken Spain and Italy to become the country with the fourth largest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the world.
Officials on Saturday reported 14,919 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 233,142. Only the US, Russia and the UK have higher numbers.
The daily death toll in the Latin American nation rose by 816 to 15,633 – the world’s fifth highest.
Experts warn that the real figure may be far higher due to a lack of testing.
“Brazil is only testing people who end up in the hospital,” Domingo Alves from the University of Säo Paulo Medical School told AFP news agency last week.
“It’s hard to know what’s really happening based on the available data. We don’t have a real policy to manage the outbreak,” he said.
Mr Alves is one of the authors of a study that estimated the real number of infections was 15 times higher than the official figure.
Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has been strongly criticised both at home and abroad for his handling of the country’s escalating coronavirus crisis.
Mr Bolsonaro continues to oppose lockdown measures. He has downplayed the virus as “a little flu” and has said the spread of Covid-19 is inevitable.