Brazil Faces Somber Covid-19 Milestone at 100,000 Deaths

ELDORADO, Brazil—Brazil faced a somber milestone on Saturday, with the country’s Covid-19 death toll poised to surpass 100,000 as the disease spreads widely beyond the megacities where it first gained a toehold and tears through smaller towns and rural areas.

The only other nation to experience that number of deaths so far is the U.S. Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has backed limited measures to control the new coronavirus, saying stricter public-health rules would do too much economic harm, something his opponents dispute.

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