Reopening schools without better testing and tracing “threatens second wave twice as large as first”


LAmerica surpassed 5 million confirmed cases on Monday, a Reuters tally showed, stressing that the region is the region of the world hardest hit by the pandemic.The coronavirus was initially slower to reach Latin America – home to around 640 million people – than most of the world. But health experts say it has been difficult to control the virus due to the region’s poverty and densely populated cities.

The more than 10,000 new cases reported by Colombia’s health ministry on Monday pushed the region past the 5 million mark, a day after the Andean nation reported a record 11,470 cases.

Latin America has now passed 200,000 deaths. Brazil’s total approached 96,000 on Monday and Mexico topped 48,000. The two countries have the second and third highest death rates in the world, after the United States.

North America is the region with the second highest number of cases, with 4.8 million infections, according to a Reuters tally, followed by Europe and Asia, which each have around 3 million infections.


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