Brazil battling deadly new Covid variant and world’s second-highest mortality rates – BBC News

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    Brazil has the second highest coronavirus death toll in the world and the country is struggling with a new variant of the virus and a devastating second wave of the pandemic.

    Manaus in the Amazon rainforest is at the epicentre of the infections and is where the new strain was first found.

    Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting from South America correspondent Katy Watson.

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