The United States, Ecuador, Canada, Peru and Brazil are among the countries in the world with the most deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, while the continent already accounts for almost half of all deaths from coronavirus worldwide, with 208,989 and the number of infections already exceeds 4 million.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the US an additional 115,527 cases and 3,436 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, which represents a 3% relative increase in infections and a 2% relative increase in deaths, compared to the previous day.
Global cases exceeded the eight million mark, while fatalities amount to 440,290 and the United States, Brazil, Russia and India remain, in order, as the territories with the most infections.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, eight countries on the continent are in the red, with the United States leading the way with 35.75 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Ecuador in 12th place in the world with 23.24; Canada at 14th with 22.32; Peru in 15th with 22.06; Brazil in 16th with 21.60; Chile in 18th with 18.06; Mexico at 20th with 14.51 and Panama came in at 23rd with 10.94.
Venezuela on the contrary is among the countries in the world with the lowest death rate with 1 death per 100,000 thousand inhabitants, followed by Paraguay and Costa Rica with 2, Trinidad & Tobago with 6, Uruguay with 7 and Cuba with 8, according to date from the website worldometer.info.
Many analysts agree that there are many Latin American and Caribbean countries that are not properly recording the infection and the death cases, due to weak health systems but also to lack of leadership and even in some cases, as in the US and Brazil, with denialist presidents.
Slower growth of cases in Brazil
In the case of Brazil, which ranks second in the number of cases worldwide, the WHO highlighted that the Covid-19 outbreak has stabilized with less growth in new daily infections, but that it is too early to conclude that the peak of the disease has been reached.
The South American giant totaled 1,269 deaths on Wednesday, June 17, bringing the total deaths to 46,510 and the number of cases to 955,37
The first infected president of the region
The Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernández, was diagnosed last Wednesday with “pneumonia” after announcing that he is the first head of state in the region positive for Covid-19.
In forced isolation, President Hernández, who attends to his duties via telework from the Military Hospital, is joined in the illness by his wife Ana García. The Central American country already suffers the loss of 330 people and 9,656 infected.
Peru beats Italy
Peru already displaced Italy in the number of cases of Covid-19, with 240,908 infections, and became the seventh country in the world with the highest incidence of the pandemic, despite being in quarantine for more than 90 days, while fatalities are totaling 7,257.
The state of emergency is in force in Peru and lasts until June 30, but the Executive has brought forward the restart of economic activities and shopping centers due to the collapse of the economy.
In Argentina, politicians also suffer
In Argentina, the Covid-19 positive case of the former governor of the province of Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal, alarmed the opposition and led several of its leaders to carry out tests to assess their health status amid the progress of the pandemic.
In addition, the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, will from now on carry out his usual tasks from his official residence and will restrict “as much as possible” contact with other people due to the increase in cases of Covid-19, which has as its epicenter the capital and the province of Buenos Aires.
The advance of the pandemic registered a progressive growth in recent weeks, reaching today 34,159 positive cases and 886 deaths.
The US continues adding cases
Three of the most populous states in the United States, Florida, Texas and Arizona, set records this week in the number of daily coronavirus infections, but their leaders do not see changes in their plans for reopening, which are adjusted to the accelerated script and backed by the White House, despite the fact that the disease already reaches 2.1 million cases and 117,000 deaths.
The state of Florida, which has added thousands of new cases of Covid-19 every day for more than two weeks, counted on Wednesday, the 17th consecutive day, 2,610 additional cases in the midst of a reopening without the possibility of reversal, according to the state governor Ron DeSantis.
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