Latin America is now the ‘epicenter of the outbreak,’ says health official

Latin America is now the 'epicenter of the outbreak,' says health official2
Latin America became the current epicenter of the pandemic. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Tuesday Latin America has surpassed Europe and the United States in the daily number of reported Covid-19 infections. The official described the region as the current center of global outbreak.

Dr. Carissa Etienne informed that there have been more than 2.4 million cases and more than 143,000 deaths in all of the Americas, adding the region “has become the epicenter of the Covid pandemic.”

Chile and Peru are also reporting a high number of cases and became the region’s worst hit. She warned that for countries in the Latin America “now is not the time to relax restrictions or scale back preventive strategies.”

According to Our World in Data (OWID), an independent statistics website headquartered at Oxford University, Chine and Peru are now hold the world’s highest infection rates per capita over a seven-day rolling average

Chile had 77,961 infections and 806 deaths since the outbreak began. Two members of its government, Minister of Public Works Minister Alfredo Moreno and Minister of Energy Juan Carlos Jobet, tested positive for the virus on Monday after showing mild symptoms.

Etienne said: “Now is the time to stay strong, to remain vigilant, and to aggressively implement proven public health measures. We have learned from other regions, we have learned what works and what doesn’t and we must continue to apply this knowledge to our context.”

Brazil’s crisis

These grim milestones come hours before a US travel ban for Brazil comes into effect at 11:59 pm ET Tuesday night. It will limit the entry of any foreign nationals, including Brazilians, who were in the country within the past 14 days.

Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria told in response that the ban may affect economic and diplomatic relations between both countries.

According to the latest data from the Brazilian health ministry, the city of 12 million is the worst-hit in Brazil, with more than 6,220 deaths and 83,000 infections.

Doria said that President Jair Bolsonaro had been undermining the preventative measures and messaging by the governors of the most impacted places in Brazil.

He said: “The behavior of President Bolsonaro is the wrong behavior. He is against social isolation. He’s against orientation of the science. we support social isolation, we recommend to the people to use masks and stay home.”

Meanwhile A coronavirus model that has been cited by the White House, suggests the country’s trauma is far from over.

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