Latin America Shows Increase in Coronavirus Cases

Her husband made headlines when he revealed that he was tested positive for COVID-19 on July 7. And on Thursday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ‘s wife Michelle Bolsonaro also tested positive for the virus. Skyrocketing new numbers of infections are hitting even the highest circles across Latin America, an indication of how widespread the coronavirus has become — and how futile many government attempts have been to halt it to date.

In Brazil, the nation with the second-highest number of reported cases and deaths globally after the United States, at least six top government officials have tested positive for coronavirus so far. But it is not the only country in the world devastated by the pandemic:

Over a dozen authorities, including the interim president, have tested positive for Bolivia’s coronavirus, which last week broke its own record for new coronavirus infections in a single day. Peru, Argentina and Colombia are trying to catch up with fresh quarantine orders to spike case numbers. And on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, Mexico overtook the UK to become the country with the third-highest number of Covid-19 fatalities worldwide.

New Infections in Colombia

Dr Carlos Martínez Murillo, an emergency room doctor working in the Covid-19 ward at the General Hospital in Mexico City, has been dwelling on his current reality for the past five months, a reality that has already taken the lives of nearly 600 health professionals in the country.

After 10,673 new infections were registered on Saturday, Colombia announced a new record of the daily coronavirus cases, taking the total to 306,181, its health ministry said. And although some cities with low infection rates would be permitted to partially reopen, President Iván Duque had already extended the quarantine measures of his government until August 30th on Tuesday.

Calling Buenos Aires province, where even the country’s capital locates, the epicentre of the epidemic, Argentina’s president Alberto Fernández declaring on Friday that the current quarantine extends until at least 16 August, keeping it as it is today because the virus is spreading even more. Positivity levels rose in the last two weeks from 22.4 per cent to 26.2 per cent when it comes to research.

Most Effected Country

Peru ‘s Minister of Housing, Development and Sanitation. Carlos Lozada, told TV Peru Friday that the Council of Ministers had voted to prolong. It is the country’s state of emergency for another month, until 31 August. Lozada said the decision was taken after the authorities have reported increasing cases in at least four regions, including Cusco, where Machu Picchu, Peru ‘s biggest tourist attraction, is.

Latin America is currently the pandemic’s most affected area in the world. Dr Marcos Espinal is the Director of the Pan American Health Organization’s Department of Communicable Diseases (PAHO).

He added that some countries that had some initial success. It includes Chile, now need to redouble their efforts because of exacerbating pandemic factors. Also, such as working conditions, unemployment and highly vulnerable populations.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández noticed a disturbing phenomenon in his country. It is in a televise message on Friday that also notice in other Latin American nations.

Pandemic’s Effect

The pandemic’s knock-on effects would inevitably take their own toll, warned a study released last week. It is by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the World Health Organization. Also, warning that the pandemic has become an unprecedented economic and social crisis. Further, that, if immediate steps taking might turn into food, a humanitarian crisis.

Measures to control the pandemic, including social isolation. It would result in a 9 per cent decline in the gross domestic product in the region. Also, a 14 per cent rise in unemployment, it said. And health care services strained to their limits by the growing number of infections. It had to interrupt their attempts to control non-communicable. Also, chronic diseases, which eventually resulted in a substantial rise in overall mortality. Thus, in addition to Covid-19 deaths, adds the study.

Lines out of the door seeing at hospitals across the area and shortage of resources. Also, manpower was a common concern for doctors. Even the Dominican Republic, where officials say the health system hasn’t failed. Also, some residents still have to wait for days for coronavirus treatment. CNN finds Eloísa Mieses, 71, at the Regional General Hospital Marcelino Vélez Santana. It is in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. She waits 3 days before admitting for treatment with Covid-19.

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