Brazil had 45,020 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 389 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The South American country has now registered 29,350,134 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 654,945, according to ministry data, in the world's third deadliest COVID-19 pandemic after the United States and Russia.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Sandra Maler)