Latin America is losing the battle against the coronavirus.
As a global number There were more than 400,000 Covid-19 casualties, the region became the focal point of the pandemic.
Latin America recorded nearly 1.2 million cases and more than 60,000 deaths. But these numbers can be superficial, Matt Rivers reportsThis is because in several countries the testing rate remains low and many cases of Covid-19 remain unreported.
Brazil, the hardest hit country in the region, reported a new record number of deaths in the last three days. One study released this week says Brazil is likely to record one million cases and 50,000 deaths by June 20th.
But toll tracking has become more difficult, The government of President Jair Bolsonar stopped reporting on total figures on Thursday, when the number of deaths in Brazil surpassed Italy. He removed the cumulative data from the official escort and said he would report only the number of new cases and deaths each day.
“The manipulation of statistics is a maneuver carried out by authoritarian regimes. It is an attempt to hide the Covid-19 numbers in order to reduce the social control of health policy,” said Supreme Court lawyer Gilmar Mendes.
So far, only a few countries in the region – Uruguay, Belize and Costa Rica – have managed to limit the spread of the disease. How? Early responses, quarantine measures, an effective search and isolation system and random testing.
George Floyd protesters say it’s worth having fun with the coronavirus: “Obviously people are a little closer together than the recommended distance of six feet, but I think what what we do is so important“, says Sarah Foster, one of thousands of protesters who marched in Washington yesterday.
Health experts worry the virus is spreading among protesters, although most, including Foster, are wearing masks and trying to keep their distance.
Despite the discomfort, more than that 1,000 health workers they signed a letter expressing concern that the protests could be closed under the guise of coronavirus protection. They offer tips on how to safely hold protests on site.
“White supremacy is a deadly public health issue that precedes and contributes to COVID-19,” they write.
The pandemic is launching efforts to liberate Americans held by Iran: In a bizarre reversal of fate, Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran released from Iranian custody this week, may owe his freedom to a coronavirus outbreak.
When he and the Iranian stayed in the United States overthrown by the virus, he provided an opportunity to begin sensitive negotiations that culminated in his release, Reported by Vivian Salama.
What does a coronavirus look like if you don’t have internet access: As much of the world has been locked up in recent months, billions have watched the coronavirus crisis unfold through a seemingly universal window: the Internet.
Reported by Eliza Mackintosh to the billions that remain offline. For them, locking means missing direct access to vital public health information, remote operation opportunities, online learning, terms for telemedicine, digital food delivery, live religious services – wedding and implement – and in many other ways we live our lives online today.
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