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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first half of October registered yet another retraction in the numbers of cases and deaths of the novel coronavirus in Brazil. In all, 16 of 27 states saw a drop in the number of new infections and the situation was even better with respect to deaths: 19 states saw their numbers drop.

This positive scenario is not seen in only three Northeastern states. Piauí saw a 53.7 percent increase in deaths, while Sergipe and Rio Grande do Norte saw a rise in both - the latter with the worst rates: 137.1 percent growth in . . .

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