Strong growth in Covid-19 in Latin America, more than 1,000 dead in 24 hours in Brazil

The Covid-19 pandemic seriously impacts Latin America, where the number of cases is increasing sharply. With a total of 17,971 deaths due to the coronavirus, Brazil is now the third largest country in the world most affected by the pandemic. In Europe, however, the trend is down.

While the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be showing signs of a decline in Europe, it is in full swing in Latin America. In Brazil, for the first time, the epidemic charge exceeded 1,000 dead in 24 hours, Tuesday, May 19.

Five months after China’s outbreak of this disease that killed more than 320,000 people worldwide, Brazil became the third country in the world on Monday for the number of infections. And he recorded a daily charge of 1,179 deaths on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry.

This increase brought the total death toll to 17,971 in Brazil, which deplores more than half of the more than 30,000 deaths recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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In addition, many experts believe that the Minister’s figures are greatly underestimated, Brazil does not have a hard test.

If the trend is confirmed in the next few days, Brazil will experience a phase of acceleration of the pandemic, the peak of which is not expected by experts until early June.

Intensive care in hospitals in the state of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Ceara, the Amazon or Pernambuco is very close to saturation. The Sao Paulo, the economic capital of Brazil with 46 million inhabitants, alone recorded 5,147 deaths, or almost a third of deaths in the entire country. These states have ordered the containment of their population, but without coercive measures.

Chile and Nicaragua hit hard

Other Latin American countries also recorded strong increases in Covid-19.

This is the case with Chile, 18 million inhabitants, who experienced their strongest increase in pollution (3,520) and deaths (31) on Tuesday in 24 hours. “We are in a very complex, very difficult time,” said Health Minister JaimeMañalich.

The army is deployed in poor neighborhoods in Santiago, where conflicts with the police took place, and the population is asking for help to fight hunger.

Nicaragua, 6 million people, also registered a strong increase in infections, with 254 cases, 10 times more than a week ago, and 17 deaths, Health Minister Martha Reyes announced Tuesday.

Again, the official figures are far from those from NGOs reporting more than a thousand pollutants.

In Colombia, general containment is extended for two months until 31 May and the state of health until 31 August.

Gradual decline in Europe

In Europe, the pandemic is considered under control, daily reports are generally down, and the trend is to gradually lift, more or less rapidly depending on the country, severe restrictions at the height of the health crisis.

Five central European countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) plan to open the borders between them around mid-June.

Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece have agreed to facilitate travel restrictions in force since mid-March from mid-June.

In Spain, Barcelona is due to open parks and beaches on Wednesday for walkers – but not bathers.

After Italy, which announced on Saturday to reopen its borders for tourists from the European Union from June 3 and canceled the mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors, Greece must present its plan for the season’s resumption on Wednesday touristy.

Europe has a total of more than 168,000 dead, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources Tuesday at 7 GMT.

Africa, with less than 3,000 deaths and about 88,000 cases, is currently being saved relatively by the pandemic, which is slower than expected.

For UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, this slowness is largely due to the fact that most of the governments and communities in Africa have taken very courageous preventive measures in time, which is also a lesson for some countries developing who do not have it. “

With AFP