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Latin America and the Caribbean exceeded 500,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, return to their country for the coronavirus
Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, return to their country for the coronavirus

Latin America and the Caribbean exceeded half a million cases of coronavirus on Sunday, which has already killed 28,463 people in the region, according to a balance of the AFP elaborated with official data.

Total, the region had 501,563 cases at 06:00 GMT, with Brazil as the most affected country, with almost half of the infections in the region.

Brazilian authorities registered almost 15,000 new cases and 816 deaths on Saturday, bringing the total figures to 233,142 infected and 15,633 deaths.

With Saturday's figures, then, Brazil surpassed Italy and Spain in number of cases (224 thousand and 230 thousand, respectively), and only surpassed by the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom, while the peak of the pandemic is expected to be reached in the coming weeks.

The number of cases, however, could be up to 15 times higher, since the exams have not been generalized, according to experts.

Brazil, epicenter of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Latin America and which this week had already outnumbered France and Germany, now also has more cases than Spain (230,698) and Italy (224,760).
Brazil, epicenter of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Latin America and which this week had already outnumbered France and Germany, now also has more cases than Spain (230,698) and Italy (224,760).

The second country with the most cases is Peru, which recorded 88,541 cases and 2,523 deaths.

Mexico is the third country in the region with the most cases, 47,144, but the second with the most deaths of covid-19, 5,045.

The Ministry of Health (SSa) reported this Saturday May 16 that since the beginning of the epidemic, Mexico has suffered 5,045 fatalities.

There are 10,681 confirmed active cases in the country, which represent the epidemic operating in the country. There are 92,544 negative cases, 29,409 suspects, and a total of 169,097 people studied. Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, reported that today's evening conference is number 78, and that 55 days have passed since the National Sana Distance Day.

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Chile, where a “mega quarantine” imposed on Saturday after the sudden increase in cases and deaths began in its capital, It has 41,428 infected and 421 dead.

In Ecuador, the infected number 32,723 cases and 2,688 deaths.

The other countries with the most registered cases are Colombia with 14,939 and 562 deaths, the Dominican Republic (11,739, 424), Panama (9,449, 269) and Argentina (7,792, 363).

The Argentine Ministry of Health reported this Saturday that during the last 24 hours there were seven deaths and 327 new positive cases of coronavirus. With this data, the total number of infected in the whole country amounts to 7,805 and the fatal victims total 363.

The morning report had already reported on the death of seven people: four men, two of 72 and 89 years old, residents in the City of Buenos Aires (CABA); one 74 years old, resident in the province of Chaco; another 55-year-old resident in the province of Buenos Aires; and three women, two of 96 and 86 years old, residents in the City of Buenos Aires (CABA); and one 81-year-old resident in the province of Buenos Aires.

A boy plays soccer in a Buenos Aires park amid the coronavirus pandemic
A boy plays soccer in a Buenos Aires park amid the coronavirus pandemic

Of the total of these cases, 987 (12%) are imported, 3,482 (44.6%) are close contacts of confirmed cases, 2,372 (30.4%) are cases of community circulation and the rest are under epidemiological investigation.

The authorities of the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz confirmed this Saturday an “epidemiological outbreak” of COVID-19 in the Palmasola prison, the largest and most conflictive in the country, after testing 25 inmates and confirming that two inmates died last week also had the disease.

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The Secretary of Government of the Santa Cruz Governorate, Vladimir Peña, explained to the media that Samples were taken from 45 inmates suspected of having the disease, testing positive 25, and it was also confirmed that two inmates who died a few days ago had COVID-19. According to Peña, 22 patients remain isolated of the rest of the population within the same prison.

The most recent data on the Penitentiary Regime indicates that in Bolivia there are 18,108 people deprived of liberty, of which 6,423 have a sentence and 11,685 are in preventive detention.

Bolivia reports 152 deaths and 3,372 cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to official data, in a country of about eleven million inhabitants.

The number of positive diagnosed cases only reflects a part of the total number of infections, due to the disparate policies of different countries to diagnose infections and some only to those who need hospitalization.

In the world, more than 4.6 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus, appeared in China at the end of 2019. Of these, more than 309,000 died from the disease and more than 1.6 million recovered.

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