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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The number of deaths from respiratory failure and pneumonia in Brazil increased in March, going against to the downward trend that had been observed in January and February.

There were 2,239 more deaths in March 2020 than in the same period in 2019, suggesting that coronavirus victims may be added to the statistics of other respiratory disorders.

The data are from the civil registry system and were released by the Association of Natural Persons Registrars (ARPEN).

According to a survey conducted based on the registry's website, the number of deaths throughout Brazil recorded in . . .

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