RIO DE JANEIRO, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Brazil on Monday reported 786 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the national count to 436,537, the Ministry of Health said.
According to the ministry, Brazil now has a death rate of 208 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, 29,916 more infections were detected, raising the nationwide tally to 15,657,391.
Brazil has the world's second highest COVID-19 death toll, after the United States, and the third largest caseload, following the United States and India.
The South American country is experiencing a new wave of infections, which has resulted in an increase in cases and deaths as hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
Brazil has vaccinated 57.9 million people with 19.1 million having received two jabs.