SAO PAULO, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's COVID-19 death toll has reached 156,471 after 571 more patients died of the disease in the last 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health said Friday.
Meanwhile, 30,026 more infections were reported, raising the nationwide count to 5,353,656, the ministry said.
Brazil is one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic worldwide, ranking second in terms of COVID-19 deaths, after the United States, and third in terms of confirmed cases, behind the United States and India.
The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, has been hit the worst by the disease, with 1,083,641 cases and 38,608 deaths, according to the ministry.
Brazil reported its first case on Feb. 26 in the state of Sao Paulo.