Coronavirus-related cases and deaths over it Latin America is growing faster than anywhere in the world. And in the hardest hit countries, they show no signs of slowing down. The region recorded nearly 1.2 million cases and more than 60,000 deaths.
“We are particularly concerned about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing an accelerating epidemic,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.
The WHO does not believe that Central or South America has reached the peak of transmission, meaning the number of patients and deaths may continue to rise.
Brazil is stuck in a crisis regime. Earth recorded at least 645,771 cases of coronavirus and 35,026 deaths.
It recently passed Italy which became the country with the third highest mortality in the world and is likely to soon surpass the United Kingdom.
Mexico recorded its worst week of the epidemic, both in confirmed cases and in deaths.
In one day, he recorded more than 1,000 deaths for the first time. And for three days in a row, it recorded one-day highs in new cases.
Despite the grim numbers and conflicting messages from government leaders, officials have pushed forward with a gradual plan to reopen across the country.
Peru has one of the worst epidemics in Latin America. There are 187,400 cases, the second largest in the region behind Brazil.
People in the city of Callao lined up for hours this week to fill their tanks with oxygen. But after arriving at the head of the line, relatives of patients with Covid-19 found a sharp rise in prices.
Uruguay is a success story. The country of about 3.5 million people borders Brazil, which has the worst epidemic in Latin America.
But Uruguay recorded only 834 cases. It recorded one death since May 24 and a total of only 23 were killed.
Experts say the reasons for the country’s success are numerous – a strong early response that includes quarantine measures, a large and effective system for finding and isolating the infected, randomized testing and the creation of a crisis response committee.