Covid-19 Crisis Spikes in Brazil as Latin America Concentrates Half of Cases Worldwide

Brazil is now ranked second in number of infections globally, despite a lack of tests. Argentina, with only 445 deaths, is doing much better, but fears for its economic deterioration.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The coronavirus pandemic is spreading throughout Latin America. The region accounts for 51.4 percent of global infections, with 657,000 confirmed cases. Experts caution that the curve has escalated and that the peak is approaching.

The growing trend has sounded the alarm of the World Health Organization (WHO), which on Friday declared that the region, and particularly South America, “is the new epicenter of the disease”.

Attention is focused on Brazil, where the new positives passed the 20,000-mark on Friday and 16,000 on Saturday. With 347,000 cases and over 22,000 . . .

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