Global virus infections pass 15 mn, as Latin America cases soar

Global virus infections pass 15 mn, as Latin America cases soar


Rio de Janeiro: On Wednesday, the number of new coronavirus infections worldwide exceeded 15 million, and the number of cases in Latin America and the Caribbean (one of the hardest-hit regions) exceeded 4 million.

President Donald Trump warned that in more than a quarter of the world’s infected people, the pandemic may get worse before it worsens.

The data in the United States is chilling, with more than 143,000 people killed and more than 1,000 routine deaths every day.

Trump has been a critic of the lockdown measures and advocated reopening the economy even when the death toll rises.

In other parts of the world, there are signs that the virus will rebound quickly after the lockdown measures are lifted.

Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the capital of Japan, have taken restrictive measures to successfully contain the outbreak at the beginning of the pandemic, but now all cases are facing a rising trend.

Australia and Hong Kong set new daily records for confirmed cases on Wednesday, and the governor of Tokyo urged residents to stay at home during the upcoming holidays.

Belgian officials said that people must follow the guidelines for staying away from society to stop the “snowball effect before it triggers a new avalanche.”

South Africa’s decision to ban the sale of alcohol and impose a curfew continues to be painful, even though the country’s recorded 24-hour death toll reached a record 572 deaths.

Restaurant owner Sean Barber said at a protest in Johannesburg: “The measures taken by the government are knee-jerk.” “This is weakening our industry.”

Brazil is the second worst-hit country in the world after the United States. It has contributed to half of the surge in Latin America, with 2.2 million infections and 82,771 deaths.

The company’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for the virus again after he was first diagnosed with the disease on July 7.

The country recorded a new daily record of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with nearly 68,000 infections.

Peru, Mexico and Chile also rank in the top ten in the total number of cases, with each country exceeding 300,000.

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