“We are particularly concerned about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing accelerating epidemics,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes said on Wednesday.
The WHO does not believe that Central or South America has reached the peak of transmission, which means that the number of people who become ill and die may continue to rise.
Health officials warn countries not to open their economies too soon, even when nations are preparing to reopen or have already.
Here is a look at the outbreaks in three of the most affected countries in Latin America, which represent approximately 60% of the region’s population. There is also a success story.
The country has registered at least 645,771 coronavirus cases and 35,026 deaths.
It has recently passed Italy to become the country with the third highest mortality rate in the world and will probably soon surpass the United Kingdom.
This means that Brazil will have both the second largest cases and deaths in the world, lagging only behind the United States.
It is worth noting, however, that Brazil is testing at a much lower speed than the United States. This means that many cases remain unregistered.
In Sao Paulo’s most populous state, the health ministry coordinator says some cases of coronavirus may have been reported as severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS due to the state’s low capacity to test Covid-19.
A study published this week by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul says Brazil will register 1 million cases and 50,000 deaths by June 20th.
Meanwhile, some of Brazil’s major cities are beginning to reopen. Rio de Janeiro allows small businesses such as churches, car shops and decoration shops to accept customers again.
First, Mexico recorded its worst week since the outbreak, both in confirmed cases and in death.
It registered more than 1,000 deaths in one day for the first time. And for three consecutive days he registered one-day highs in new cases.
Despite grim numbers and conflicting reports from government leaders, officials are continuing to gradually resume the plan across the country.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatel, who is leading Mexico’s response to Covid-19, called on Mexicans to stay home. He stressed that the country is not out of the forest, even if some sectors of the economy begin to reopen.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered a different message.
“Don’t steal, don’t rob, don’t betray, and that helps a lot to avoid getting a coronavirus,” he said Thursday.
AMLO, as the president is commonly known, is leaving Mexico City on Monday for the first time since the end of March.
He toured the Yucatan Peninsula and discovered the construction of the so-called Mayan train, an ambitious infrastructure project that will connect cities in five southeastern countries.
There are 110,026 cases and 13,170 deaths in Mexico. But given the country’s extremely low testing rates, health officials say the true number of cases is likely in the millions.
One person told CNN affiliate TVPerú Noticias that oxygen prices have doubled. And now the government admits there is a problem.
“Our mission is to avoid the development of a black market that is mercantile and uses a pandemic to abuse people,” said Cesar Chaname, a spokesman for the Peruvian Public Health Agency.
Peru continues to struggle with one of Latin America’s worst outbreaks, with its 187,400 cases being the second largest in the region behind Brazil.
The country has a far better rate of testing than other countries in the region, something experts say helps understand how bad the epidemic really is.
But even with this knowledge, the economic tax has put pressure on the authorities to reopen the economy.
This week, officials announced that Peru will enter phase 2 of its opening plan, where businesses such as clothing stores and hair salons can operate again.
Peruvian President Martin Viscara has said the move means about 80 percent of the economy will soon be open.
“We cannot support 100% of the country’s needs with only 50% of the economy’s output,” he said.
People have called Uruguay New Zealand Latin America, given the largely successful response to Covid-19.
The country of approximately 3.5 million people borders Brazil, where the worst outbreak in Latin America has had a devastating effect.
But Uruguay has recorded only 832 cases. He has registered one death since May 24 and a total of 23 deaths.
According to experts, the reasons for the country’s success are numerous – a stable early response, including quarantine measures, a large and effective system for tracking and isolating infected, randomized tests and setting up a crisis response commission.
There is therefore less risk as Uruguay begins to reopen its economy.
The country began easing restrictions in early May. On June 1, primary and secondary education in rural areas resumed in more than 400 schools, and businesses are also allowed to open gradually.