Brazil has the most confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America and the Caribbean with 125,218, followed by Peru with 54,817, Ecuador with 31,881, Mexico with 26,025, Chile with 23,048, Colombia with 8,613 and Dominican Republic with 8,807.
All figures are compiled according to data from Johns Hopkins University based in the US on Wednesday.
Brazil is the second most infected country in America, although according to estimates by Brazilian scientists, the lack of meaningful reports is almost certainly much higher, even higher than the United States.
So far, 8,536 deaths have been recorded and 125,218 people have been infected by COVID-19 in the country, with the provinces of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro being the most severe.
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, on Wednesday announced the blocking of several areas in the city starting Thursday because people did not comply with containment measures.
“We have a problem with [commercial] sidewalks in Campo Grande, Santa Cruz and Bangu. The city guards closed the place, left, and half an hour later, they opened everything. “Now we will place guards there, and if they are not obedient, we will close the places completely,” he said.
Eight of the nine cases of corona virus reported Wednesday in Paraguay came from citizens who were sent home from Brazil, Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni said on Twitter. Most of the people who tested positive in the last few days came from neighboring Brazil.
So far, Paraguay has recorded 440 cases and 10 deaths.
Chilean health authorities have stepped up containment measures in the capital Santiago in response to an increase in cases of the corona virus, amounting to 23,048 on Wednesday.
Two months after the first case was reported in Chile and while many countries in the region loosened socially distracting measures, 12 neighborhoods in Santiago will enforce mandatory quarantine starting Friday night, a decision made after the country began reporting more than a thousand more cases of coronavirus every day .
“It is very important that the number of cases in Santiago diminishes rapidly, and the only way to do this is through the steps we have described, no matter how painful it is,” said Health Minister Jaime Mañalich, who has called for this struggle to stop the case. the spread of the virus in the capital “battle of Santiago.”
The Salvadoran and Costa Rican governments were involved in the controversy Wednesday after Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele questioned the low number of cases of the corona virus detected in Costa Rica.
Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada defended the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The dispute between the two countries in Central America began late Tuesday when Bukele said on radio and television that El Salvador did not want to “make the same mistakes as Costa Rica and other countries.”
“Costa Rica gives us the mistaken impression that they have leveled the curve, but they only reduce the number of daily tests, have the capacity to do more,” Bukele said.
Costa Rica has sharply reduced the number of infections last month, by less than 10 per day, after becoming the first Central American country to report COVID-19 cases.
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