May 17 coronavirus news

By Nicole Chavez, James Griffiths, Jenni Marsh, Tara John and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 10:41 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020
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8:48 p.m. ET, May 16, 2020

Authorities in Wuhan 'didn't like to tell the truth,' top Chinese adviser says

From CNN's Nectar Gan and David Culver

Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus was first reported, suppressed key details about the magnitude of the initial outbreak, according to Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the Chinese government's senior medical adviser.

"The local authorities, they didn't like to tell the truth at that time," Zhong said. "At the very beginning they kept silent, and then I said probably we have (a larger) number of people being infected."

Zhong said he became suspicious when the number of officially reported cases in Wuhan remained at 41 for more than 10 days — despite infections emerging overseas.

China has reported more than 82,000 coronavirus cases, with at least 4,633 deaths, according to data from the country's National Health Commission. The number of new infections surged quickly in late January, prompting city lockdowns and nationwide travel bans.

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8:53 p.m. ET, May 16, 2020

Brazil's coronavirus deaths surpass 15,000

From CNN's Mitchell McCluskey and Taylor Barnes

Cemetery workers place crosses over graves at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on May 13.
Cemetery workers place crosses over graves at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on May 13. Felipe Dana/AP

More than 15,000 people have died in Brazil after contracting the novel coronavirus, the country's health ministry says.

Health officials reported 816 new deaths on Saturday, bringing the total to 15,633.

The number of cases in Brazil continues to rise. There are 233,142 cases of the virus in the country and 14,919 new cases were reported in the 24-hour period between Friday and Saturday, the ministry said.

Brazil has the fourth-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The latest uptick pushed Brazil's case count past Spain and Italy.