RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Brazil on Wednesday saw a daily record of 204,854 new COVID-19 cases, raising its total caseload to 23,416,748, the National Council of Health Secretaries (CONASS) said.
In the same 24 hours, 338 more deaths from the virus pushed the country's COVID-19 death toll to 621,855.
Brazil has the world's second-highest COVID-19 death toll, surpassed only by the United States, and the world's third-largest outbreak, with a caseload behind the United States and India.
Over the past months, Brazil's mass vaccination drive had considerably reduced COVID-19 infections and deaths until the arrival of the Omicron variant that caused surges in both cases and deaths in recent days.
According to CONASS, Brazil has a fatality rate of 295.9 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and a positivity rate of 11,143 among 100,000 people.
Official data showed that as of Tuesday, 147.6 million people in Brazil had received two COVID-19 vaccine doses. ■