RIO DE JANEIRO, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's COVID-19 death toll climbed to 60,632 on Wednesday after 1,038 deaths were reported the previous day, the country's health ministry said.

The national count of COVID-19 infections rose to 1,448,753 after 46,712 new cases had been reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry added.

A total of 826,866 patients, or 57.07 percent of the total cases, have recovered from the disease since the start of the outbreak in Brazil.

Brazil, a country with the second worst outbreak in the world after the United States, has reported the largest number of daily deaths globally over the past week,

Both the number of daily cases and deaths in the country have showed no signs of abating.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, has been the most affected by the virus, with 289,935 cases and 15,030 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro with 115,278 cases and 10,198 deaths and Ceara with 113,017 cases and 6,180 deaths.

To help combat the spread of virus, the South American country on Wednesday extended a temporary ban on the entry of foreigners for another 30 days. The ban applies to all foreigners and all forms of entry, whether by land, air or sea.