Latin America is now emerging as the new epicentre for the COVID-19 as infections in Europe slows.
Brazil, which is the worst-hit country in Latin America, rose to second behind the USA in states with the highest infection worldwide. Brazil now has over 332,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, behind only the US.
High transmissions, deaths rising
The death toll in the Latin American country also rose by over 1000, and now stands at 21,116.
So far, Brazil has the highest transmission rates of COVID-19 in the world, with its health system limping towards collapse.
The ravages of the disease are not limited to Brazil alone. The virus has also hit Peru hard. The nation has confirmed 100,000 COVID-19 cases. This is the second-highest in Latin America.
Mexico also saw a spike in deaths, reporting 479 deaths on Friday, the highest in 24 hours. Additionally, it reported 2,960 new cases to wind off a week of significantly high infections. Mexico now has over 62,000 cases.
In Ecuador, the situation has been dire for weeks, with people leaving their dead relatives on the streets for days on end in Guayaquil City. The city is one of the worst-hit cities in Latin America
The country’s systems struggled with the surge in deaths. Ecuador has over 35,000 confirmed cases and 3,100 official deaths. However, the figures for both could be much higher.
Colombia also reported a record 801 new infections in 24 hours, as 30 more people succumbed. So far, Colombia’s infections are closing in on 20,000.
Deaths surging across Latin America have meant that for many people that die without testing, they would not be counted in the official tally.
Even though a few countries in the region took early measures, the disease has continued to tear through the area.
The sweeping devastation across Latin America has thrown cold water on the theory that warm weather could halt the virus.
With WHO declaring Latin America as the new epicentre, the growing fears of the countries ill-equipped to handle the surge in infections are becoming a grim reality.