“We are particularly concerned about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing accelerated epidemics,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, on Wednesday.
The WHO does not believe that Central or South America has reached its maximum transmission, which means that the number of people who become ill and die may continue to rise.
Health officials warn countries not to reopen their economies too soon, even when nations are preparing to reopen or have already done so.
The following is a look at the explosions in three of the countries most affected by Latin America, which account for about 60% of the region’s population. And there is also a success story.
The country has recorded at least 645,771 corona cases and 35,026 deaths.
It recently crossed Italy to become the country with the third highest deaths in the world and will probably surpass the United Kingdom soon.
This means that Brazil will have the second highest number of deaths in the world, followed only by the United States.
It is worth noting, however, that Brazil is experiencing a much lower rate than the United States. This means that many cases are not registered.
In the most densely populated state of the country in Sao Paulo, the health ministry coordinator says some cases of coronary artery disease have most likely been reported as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, due to the low testing capacity of the Covid-19 state.
A study released this week by Rio Federal University of Grande do Sul states that Brazil will record 1 million cases and 50,000 deaths by June 20.
Meanwhile, some of Brazil’s major cities are starting to reopen. Rio de Janeiro allows non-essential businesses such as churches, car dealerships and jewelry stores to accept customers again.
First, Mexico recorded the worst week of the epidemic, both in confirmed cases and in deaths.
It records more than 1,000 deaths in one day for the first time. And for three consecutive days, it recorded high one day in new cases.
Despite unclear numbers and conflicting messages from government leaders, officials have come up with a gradual plan to restart the entire country.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo López Gatell, who heads Mexico’s Covid-19 response, urged 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.
But President Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador offered a different message.
“Don’t steal, don’t steal, don’t betray, and that helps a lot not to take the corona,” he said Thursday.
AMLO, as the President is commonly known, withdrew from Mexico City on Monday for the first time since the end of March.
He traveled to the Yucatán Peninsula and inaugurated the construction of the so-called Maya train, an ambitious infrastructure project that will connect cities in five southeastern states.
Mexico recorded 110,026 deaths and 13,170 deaths. However, given the extremely low rate of testing in the country, health officials said the actual number is likely to be in the millions.
One person told CNN TVPerú Noticias’ subsidiary that oxygen prices had doubled. And the government now admits there is a problem.
“Our mission is to prevent the development of a black market that is commercial and uses a pandemic to abuse people,” said Cesar Chaname, a spokesman for Peru’s public health service.
Peru continues to face one of the worst cases in Latin America, with 187,400 cases being the second highest in the region behind Brazil.
The country has much better testing rates than other countries in the region, which experts say helps understand how bad the epidemic is there.
But even with this knowledge, the economic tax has forced the authorities to reopen the economy.
This week, officials announced that Peru would enter Phase 2 of its reopening plan, where businesses such as clothing stores and hairdressers could reopen.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said the moves meant that about 80% of the economy would soon be open.
“We cannot support 100% of the country’s needs with only 50% of the economy’s production,” he said.
The people described Uruguay as the New Zealand of Latin America, given the country’s very successful Covid-19 response.
The country of about 3.5 million people borders Brazil, where the worst outbreak in Latin America has had a devastating effect.
However, Uruguay recorded only 832 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 strong timely response that includes quarantine measures, a large and effective system for identifying and isolating those infected, randomized trials and setting up a crisis response committee.
As a result, there is less risk as Uruguay begins to reopen its economy.
The country began easing restrictions in early May. On June 1, primary and secondary agricultural education resumed in more than 400 schools and businesses are gradually allowed to reopen.