The death toll in parts of South America from the novel coronavirus continued to rise Wednesday as the region grappled with the spread of the disease. 

Brazil’s death toll from the coronavirus rose to 240, according to U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

More than 6,800 confirmed cases were recorded while 127 patients have recovered.

President Jair Bolsonaro, who previously referred to coronavirus measures as “hysteria,” said at a recent press conference that the coronavirus is the country’s biggest test in a generation.

“It is our main duty to save lives without disrupting the country’s business sector. We should especially approach

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