HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-LATIN AMERICA: Latin America becomes the region of the world most affected by COVID-19
ASUNCION / SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The number of cases of contamination with the novel coronavirus in Latin America has for the first time exceeded that recorded in the United States and Canada, according to a tally by Reuters, following a spike in new cases in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
The sharp increase in cases makes Latin America the region of the world most affected by the virus with 26.83% of cases recorded globally.
Latin America now has 4,327,160 cases in total compared to a total of 4,308,495 contaminations in the United States and Canada, according to data provided by national authorities.
The United States continues to be the most affected country in terms of cases of contaminations and deaths linked to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, with more than 4.2 million confirmed cases and around 146,000 deaths , followed by Brazil, with 2.4 million cases and nearly 87,000 deaths.
Mexico, Peru and Chile are also among the top 10 countries most affected by COVID-19.
According to the Reuters count, the number of infected people worldwide now exceeds 16.1 million.
(Daniela Desantis and Javier Leira, French version Matthieu Protard)
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