Coronavirus live news: hospitals in Brazilian state at breaking point amid oxygen shortage; global deaths near 2m

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The global coronavirus death toll currently stands at 1,988,290, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

With daily death tolls at around 16,000 per day in recent days, the world will likely pass the devastating milestone of 2 million dead from coronavirus in just over a year within the next 24 hours.

Health workers in Brazil’s largest state are begging for help and oxygen supplies after an explosion of Covid deaths and infections that one official compared to a tsunami and said could be linked to a new variant.

Amazonas, and particularly its riverside capital Manaus, were pummeled by the epidemic’s first wave last April, when authorities were forced to dig mass graves for victims.

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