Latin America loses its battle against the corona.
As a global number Covid-19 victims exceed 400,000, the area has become the focal point of the pandemic.
Latin America has recorded nearly 1.2 million deaths and more than 60,000 deaths. But these numbers may be superficial, Matt Rivers reports. This is because in many countries, test rates remain low and many Covid-19 deaths are not reported.
Brazil, the country hardest hit by the region, has set a new record for the number of deaths in each of the last three days. A study released this week says Brazil is likely to see 1 million cases and 50,000 deaths by June 20.
But Tracking tolls has become more difficult. President Jair Bolsonaro’s government stopped reporting total numbers on Thursday, the day the death toll from Brazil surpassed Italians. He removed the cumulative data from the official tracker and said he would only report the number of new cases and deaths each day.
“The manipulation of statistics is a maneuver by authoritarian regimes. It is an attempt to hide the Covid-19 numbers in order to reduce the social control of health politicians,” said Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes.
Only a few countries in the region – Uruguay, Belize and Costa Rica – have so far been able to reduce the spread of the disease. How? Early responses, quarantine measures, an effective tracking and isolation system, and randomized trials.
Protesters say George Floyd deserves to be born a Koran “Obviously, people are a little closer than the recommended six-foot distance, but I think what we do is so important“One of the thousands of protesters who demonstrated in Washington yesterday,” said Sarah Foster.
Health experts are concerned that the virus is spreading to protesters, although most, including Foster, are wearing masks and trying to keep their distance.
Despite the concern, more than 1,000 health professionals have signed a letter expressing concern that the protests could end under the guise of the Koranic protective virus. And they offer tips on how to keep protests safe.
“White supremacy is a deadly public health issue that precedes and contributes to COVID-19,” they write.
The pandemic begins with efforts to secure the release of an American holding control of Iran: In a strange turn of events, Michael White, the US Navy veteran who was released from Iranian detention this week, may owe his freedom to the eruption of the corona.
When he and an Iranian detained in the United States came down with the virus, they were given the opportunity to begin sensitive negotiations that led to his release. Vivian Salama reports.
What does coronavirus look like if you don’t have access to the Internet? With much of the world locked up in recent months, billions have watched the coronavirus crisis unfold through a seemingly universal window: the Internet.
Eliza Mackintosh reports to the billions that remain offline. For them, locking means a lack of direct access to vital public health information, remote work chances, online learning, telemedicine appointment, digital grocery delivery, religious live streaming services – weddings and funerals – and in many other ways we now live our lives on the Internet.
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