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It’s Covid Code Red in Latin America With No Signs of Peaking

  • Distancing is hard with informal workers and broken hospitals
  • Mistrust of government and stagnant economies add to troubles
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Loosening Covid-19 Restrictions Shows Mixed Results: Johns Hopkins
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When a top World Health Organization official this week declared Latin America the new epicenter for Covid-19, few experts in the region needed to be persuaded. The data are overwhelming -- and overwhelmingly dreadful.

The number of regional cases stands at 1.17 million. Demographic giants Brazil and Mexico are posting among the fastest growth rates and logging daily death records. Viral illness is also rising in Peru, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia.