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Outbreak: Military personnel from Joint Command East disinfect the Sanctuary where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Andre Coelho / Getty Images

Outbreak: Military personnel from Joint Command East disinfect the Sanctuary where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Andre Coelho / Getty Images

Outbreak: Military personnel from Joint Command East disinfect the Sanctuary where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Andre Coelho / Getty Images

The approval rating of Brazil's right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, is at its highest since he took office last year - despite the country's 105,000 deaths from the world's second-worst coronavirus outbreak, a new poll shows.

The Datafolha poll found 37pc of those surveyed viewed his government as great or good, compared with 32pc in June. His rejection rate has dropped 10 points to 34pc who see his government as bad or terrible.

Mr Bolsonaro, who recovered from a bout of Covid-19, has faced criticism for rejecting lockdowns to curb the pandemic, which has yet to reach its peak in Brazil.

Datafolha said the poll show his main gains have been in the poorer sectors of Brazil.

Brazil is suffering the world's worst coronavirus outbreak after the US, with 3.2 million confirmed cases and 105,463 deaths.

Datafolha interviewed 2,065 people August 11-12, and the poll has a margin of error of two percentage points up or down.

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