Cases and deaths related to coronae across Latin America is growing faster than anywhere else in the world. And in countries that have been hit hardest, they show no signs of slowing down. The area has recorded about 1.2 million cases and more than 60,000 deaths.
“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.
Brazil is in a state of crisis. 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.
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.
Peru has one of the worst cases in Latin America. It has 187,400 cases, the second highest in the region behind Brazil.
People in Callao are lining up for hours this week to refill their oxygen tanks. But as soon as they came to the fore, relatives of Covid-19 patients found the prices soaring.
Uruguay is a success story. The country of about 3.5 million people borders Brazil, which has the worst outbreak in Latin America.
However, Uruguay recorded only 834 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.