Coronavirus-related cases and deaths through Latin America is growing faster than anywhere in the world. And in the most affected countries, they show no signs of slowing down. The region has recorded nearly 1.2 million cases and over 60,000 deaths.
“We are particularly concerned about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing an acceleration of epidemics,” said director of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday.
WHO does not believe that neither Central nor South America has peaked, which means that the number of people who get sick and die could continue to rise.
Brazil is stuck in crisis mode. country it has recorded at least 645,771 coronavirus cases and 35,026 deaths.
Italy has recently moved on to become the country with the third highest death in the world and will probably soon surpass the United Kingdom.
Mexico experienced the worst week of the outbreak, both in confirmed cases and in deaths.
It recorded more than 1,000 deaths for the first time in a single day. And for three consecutive days, it recorded one-day highs in new cases.
Despite the bleak numbers and mixed messages from government leaders, officials have carried out a gradual reopening plan across the country.
Peru has one of the worst outbreaks in Latin America. It has 187,400 cases, the second highest in the region behind Brazil.
This week people in the city of Callao lined up to fill oxygen cylinders. But once on the front lines, relatives of Covid-19 patients found skyrocketing prices.
Uruguay is the success story. The country of about 3.5 million people is bordered by Brazil, which has the worst outbreak in Latin America.
But Uruguay only recorded 834 cases. He has recorded one death since May 24 and only 23 deaths in total.
Experts say the reasons for the country’s success are numerous: a solid initial response that includes quarantine measures, a large and efficient system for tracking and isolating infected and randomized tests and the creation of a crisis response committee.
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