Brazil reaches grim milestone of 150,000 COVID-19 deaths

Health workers walk through the Rocinha slum to test people for COVID-19 as part of a rapid test campaign by the civilian organization “Bora Testar,” or “Let’s Test” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A woman carrying a baby buys fruit at a shop amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s count of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 150,000 on Saturday night, despite signs the pandemic is slowly retreating in Latin America’s largest nation.