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Latin America now has world's highest coronavirus death toll

Latin America now has world's highest coronavirus death toll

FILE PHOTO: Patients suffering from COVID-19 are treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a field hospital set up to treat patients suffering from the disease in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil on May 12, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli)

RIO DE JANEIRO: Latin America surpassed Europe on Tuesday (Aug 5) to become the region with the highest coronavirus death toll worldwide, according to a Reuters tally.

The region has now recorded more than 206,000 deaths, approximately 30 per cent of the global total.

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Brazil, the Latin American country most affected by the novel coronavirus, has now recorded a total of 95,819 deaths as of Tuesday. 

Mexico, the second-most affected country in the region, has 48,869 deaths.

The spread of the pandemic has also accelerated in Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia.

Last week Latin America became the most-affected region by the number of cases. On Monday, its number of infections surpassed 5 million, according to a Reuters tally based on government data.

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The number of cases increased after authorities relaxed lockdown measures in order to stimulate economic growth.

The virus has infected more than 18.4 million people worldwide. The global death toll is 698,000.

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Source: Reuters/ic

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