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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With 13,993 deaths and 202,918 confirmed cases of covid-19 by Thursday, Brazil is on an upward curve of transmission of the novel coronavirus, without having yet succeeded in solving the testing bottleneck it has been experiencing since the start of the epidemic.

Although it has announced efforts to increase the number of available tests, the country has so far only managed to distribute fewer than half (8.1 million) of the 17 million tests it plans to deliver by the end of May.

And it is not even aware of the total number . . .

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