Virus spread 'still accelerating' in Brazil, Peru, Chile

Grant Boone
May 27, 2020

The IHME model projects COVID-19 deaths in Peru reaching nearly 20,000 by August, with Chile close behind at 12,000, Mexico at 7,000, Ecuador reaching 6,000, Argentina totaling 5,500 and Colombia reaching 4,500.

"Both Peru and Chile are also reporting a high incidence, a sign that transmission is still accelerating in these countries", she said at a weekly briefing. Aside from that, of concern to officials of the World Health Organization, are the increasing contagions in other LatAm nations such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, and Peru.

A World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday that the Americas were now considered to be the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, advising countries in the region not to ease restrictions.

As of this writing, Chile has recorded 77,961 confirmed cases and 806 deaths from the time the pandemic started. Two members of its government, Energy Minister Juan Carlos Zabet and Public Works Minister Alfredo Moreno, tested positive for the virus on Monday after showing mild symptoms. We have learned from other regions, We have learned what works and what does not, and we must continue to apply this knowledge to our context, "said Etienne".

These grim milestones come hours before a U.S. travel ban for Brazil comes into effect at 11:59 pm ET Tuesday night.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins University warned about the conditions in which health workers face the pandemic, and denounced that the figures provided by the Nicolás Maduro regime, with 10 reported deaths, are false and "absurd", and a conservative estimate could put them at least 30,000, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) said Tuesday.

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

The WHO called time on using the drug in its multi-country trial, called Solidarity, after a study published in British medical journal The Lancet found patients randomised to take hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) had increased mortality rates and higher frequency of irregular heartbeats. "President Bolsonaro's behavior is bad behavior". It is against social isolation.

Coming back to Brazil, Sao Paulo's governor Joao Doria has said that his city has been the worst hit with more than 83,000 cases. He's against science." In his city, Doria said, "We support social loneliness.

Bolsonaro has referred to the virus as a "little flu" and frequently downplayed its risks. Two health ministers left his cabinet over a 4-week period - one was sacked and the other resigned - after disagreements over how to deal with the pandemic.

A coronavirus model cited by the White House suggests that the country's trauma is far from over.

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