On Sunday, Argentina pushed past 200,000 Covid-19 cases, and Colombia set a daily record as grim thresholds toppled in Latin America, driving the worst affected area of the world toward a combined 5 million. The world, which surpassed 200,000 deaths on Saturday, has struggled to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, with infections gathering pace in many countries, even as policymakers are looking to ease lockdowns and boost economic development.
Latin America, with some 8 percent of the world ‘s population, accounts for approximately 30 percent of global cases and deaths, with diseases already spreading quickly and reaching regional leaders including Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Jeanine Anez of Bolivia. Colombia reached 300,000 incidents and 10,000 deaths over the last week. Argentina, which had early success in slowing virus transmission, has seen a recent increase in infections. According to a Reuters list, five Latin American countries are now in the world top 10 for events.
Peru, which has recently reached 400,000 cases, has seen a harmful revival of diseases in a attempt to revive a collapsing economy after lifting quarantine restrictions. Saturday it reported 7,448 cases, the highest since late May. Brittle healthcare systems are already straining or overwhelmed across the country, as economic growth is expected to plunge by about 9 per cent, driving poverty and unemployment up.