Rio de Janeiro Passes São Paulo, Becomes Brazilian Municipality with Most Covid-19 Deaths

Rio's rise to the top of this sad ranking had been expected. The city had been leading the ranking of deaths by Covid-19 among municipalities in the country since September.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Almost one year after the outbreak of the pandemic in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is now the city with the highest number of confirmed deaths from the disease in the country.

On Thursday, February 4th, 106 new deaths from the disease were confirmed, reaching the grim number of 17,535 lives lost since March 2020. Despite having almost twice the population of Rio, São Paulo, the previous leader in total number of deaths, confirmed only 17,523 fatalities from the coronavirus to date.

However, Rio's rise to the top of this sad ranking had . . .

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