BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO—The distribute of coronavirus in Brazilian could be about to slow, the Ministry said on Wed, amid reports the transmitting rate has fallen beneath the key level and earlier signs of a gradual decrease in the weekly totals associated with cases and fatalities.

The cautious confidence comes despite figures once again showing a steady rise in the amount of confirmed cases and dying toll in the last 24 hours. Brazilian has reported the world’s second highest number of COVID-19 cases after the United States, based on official data.

According to ministry data, Brazilian has seen a fall in the number of new verified COVID-19 cases to 304, 684 last week from a top of 319, 653 within the week ending July twenty five. The weekly death cost has fallen to six, 755 from a peak associated with 7, 677 in the last 7 days of July.

A study by Imperial University London, meanwhile, showed that will for the first time since April, Brazilian this week registered a tranny rate below 1, based on Brazilian media reports. The so-called “R rate” beneath 1 indicates that each contaminated person will infect lower than 1 person, thus decreasing the epidemic.

“In a way, it is a pattern. We have to see how the disease acts in the next two weeks to see when there is a significant drop, ” Arnaldo Medeiros, Secretary of Wellness Surveillance, told reporters in a news conference on Wed.

He pressured, however , that the apparent slow down is no reason to ease on preventive measures such as social isolating and wearing a mask.

Later on Wednesday, recognized ministry figures showed one, 212 additional deaths and 49, 298 new coronavirus instances from the disease caused by herpes in the past 24 hours.

Brazil has now seen 111, 000 deaths from COVID-19 and registered 3, 456, 652 cases of the pathogen, according to ministry data.

By Ricardo Brito and Pedro Fonseca