Latin America is losing in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic

People wait to distribute food on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, May 29. Photo: AFP
People wait to distribute food on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, May 29. Photo: AFP

Last week was a bad week for Latin America as the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 increased faster than anywhere in the world, now reaching more than 1.2 million cases and more than 60,000. dead.


CNN reported that Brazil was trapped in a crisis with at least 676,494 cases of COVID-19 and 36,044 deaths.

It recently overtook Italy to become the third most deadly country in the world and is likely to overtake the UK soon. If that happens, Brazil will rank second in the world in terms of cases and deaths, behind only the US. It is worth noting that Brazil is testing at a much lower level than the US, which means many cases but have not been confirmed.

A new study published by the Federal University of Rio Grande by Sul shows that Brazil will register 1 million COVID-19 cases and 50,000 deaths on June 20.


Mexico experienced the worst week of the outbreak, both in terms of new cases and deaths when the first time recorded more than 1,000 deaths in a day and 3 days in a row with new cases at high levels. Despite the gloomy figures, the country still pushes up the plan to reopen in stages across the country.

Mexico recorded 113,619 cases of COVID-19 and 13,511 deaths. But with extremely low testing rates in the country, health officials say the actual number of cases is likely to be in the millions.


Peru continues to grapple with the near-poorest pandemic situation in Latin America, with a total of 191,758 COVID-19 cases – the second highest in the region after Brazil. The total number of deaths in Peru is currently 5,301.

However, due to economic pressure that forced the country’s authorities to reopen the economy, has now entered phase 2 of the plan to reopen from this week.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said the moves mean that about 80% of the economy will soon recover.


Despite the terrible pandemic situation occurring in many countries in Latin America, Uruguay is considered a prominent success story, and one of the most successful COVID-19 countries in the world.

Uruguay has about 3.5 million people, bordering the Brazilian border, where the worst outbreak in Latin America has devastating consequences. But the country has recorded only 845 cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths so far since the first of the deaths on May 24.

Experts say the reason for the country’s success is a strong early response including quarantine measures, a comprehensive and effective system for tracking and quarantining infected people, randomized testing and established a crisis response committee.

Therefore, there is less risk when Uruguay begins to reopen the economy.

The country began to relax restrictions in early May. On June 1, rural primary and secondary education began to reopen in more than 400 schools, businesses were gradually being allowed to reopen. again.