Latin America Carrying a Rising Burden of COVID-19 Cases

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  • About 250,000 of the new 732,000 coronavirus cases reported last week were from Latin America, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Carissa Etienne said
  • As the global coronavirus count rises to more than 6.2 million cases, nearly half of the countries with the highest number of cases are located in Latin America
  • Latin America has surpassed over 1 million cases and has reported more than 50,000 deaths.
  • More than half of these cases were reported in Brazil, which also has more than 60% of the deaths
  • Etienne said Latin America was one of the most vulnerable groups of people in this pandemic, as they are made up of crowded cities with a high prevalence of noncommunicable chronic diseases