Brazil, Chile and Ecuador are leading the counts for infections and deaths in the region, with more than 18,000 cases combined.
The Coronavirus pandemic keeps expanding its impact all over Latin America. On Monday, as the World Health Organization announced on its daily report stating that the number of confirmed cases all over the world had reached 1,210,956 during the last 24 hours, the numbers in Central and South America kept growing — with Brazil, Chile and Ecuador leading the counts for infections and deaths.
Brazil (pop. 209 million) continues to lead the total count of cases in the region with 10,278, and 432 deaths, leading to strong criticism of the president’s Bolsonaro’s early dismissal of the pandemic and its refusal to adopt strong isolation measures. Still, the numbers for Chile (4,471 cases, 310 deaths) are proportionally more striking, considering its population is more than ten times smaller (18 million). Ecuador, which has shocked the world with the images coming out of Guayaquil, has the third-largest showing for the virus, with 3,465 cases and 172 cases, although no official increase for either count in the last 24 hours.
Mexico (pop. 129 million) stands in fourth place, with an increasing count of cases (1,890) and deaths (79), while Panama shows almost similar numbers, but with a population of only 4 million people.