“We are particularly concerned about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing an acceleration of epidemics,” WHO Director-General Tidros Adhanum Gebrysos said on Wednesday.
The World Health Organization does not believe that Central or South America has reached the peak of transmission of the disease, which means that the number of people who fall ill and die may continue to rise.
Health officials warn countries not to reopen their economies too early, even as countries prepare to reopen or have already done so.
Here is a look at the outbreak in three of the most affected Latin American countries, which account for nearly 60% of the region’s population. There is also a success story.
The country recorded at least 645,771 cases of coronavirus and 35,026 deaths.
Italy recently surpassed it to become the country with the third highest mortality rate in the world and likely to surpass the UK soon.
This means that Brazil will have the second largest number of deaths and deaths in the world, followed by the United States only.
However, it should be noted that Brazil is testing at a much lower rate than the United States. This means that many cases become unregistered.
In the most populous state of Sao Paulo in the country, the Ministry of Health coordinator says that some cases of coronaviruses have been registered as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, due to the reduced capacity of the state’s Covid-19 test.
A study published this week by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul says that Brazil will record one million and 50,000 deaths by June 20.
Meanwhile, some major Brazilian cities have begun to reopen. Rio de Janeiro allows unnecessary companies like churches, car stores, and décor stores to accept customers again.
First, Mexico recorded the worst week of the disease outbreak, whether in confirmed cases or deaths.
More than 1,000 deaths were recorded in one day for the first time. For three consecutive days, it recorded its highest levels in one day in new cases.
Despite gloomy numbers and conflicting messages from government leaders, officials have pushed ahead with a phased reopening plan across the country.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatel, who leads the Mexican response Covid-19, has urged Mexicans to stay indoors. He stressed that the country is not outside the forest, even if some sectors of the economy begin to reopen it.
But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presented a different message.
On Thursday, he said, “Do not steal, do not steal or betray, and this helps a lot in preventing coronavirus.”
AMLO, as the president is known, ventured outside Mexico City on Monday for the first time since late March.
He toured the Yucatan Peninsula and opened 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. But given the country’s very low test rates, health officials have said the true number of cases is likely to reach millions.
One person told TVPerú Noticias’ CNN that oxygen prices had doubled. The government now recognizes that there is a problem.
“Our job is to avoid developing a commercial black market and using the pandemic to abuse people,” said Cesar Chanam, spokesman for the Peruvian Public Health Agency.
Peru is still grappling with one of the worst outbreaks in Latin America, with its 187,400 cases being the second highest in the region behind Brazil.
The country has much better test rates than other countries in the region, which experts say helps to understand the extent of the disease outbreak there.
But even with this knowledge, the economic tax pressed the authorities to reopen the economy.
Officials announced this week that Peru will enter the second phase of its reopening plan, as companies such as clothing stores and hair salons can work again.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcara said these moves mean that 80% of the economy will be open soon.
“We cannot support 100% of the country’s needs with only 50% of the economy’s production,” he said.
People called Uruguay New Zealand for Latin America, given the country’s successful Covid-19 response.
The country with a population of about 3.5 million is located on the border of Brazil, where the worst outbreak in Latin America has had a devastating impact.
But Uruguay only recorded 832 cases. One death has been recorded since May 24 and only 23 deaths.
Experts say the reasons for the country’s success are numerous – a strong early response including quarantine measures, a large and effective system to track and isolate injured patients, random tests, and create a crisis response committee.
Consequently, there is less risk as Uruguay begins to reopen its economy.
The country started to ease restrictions in early May. On June 1, primary and secondary rural education began again in more than 400 schools, and companies were allowed to gradually reopen them.