The World Health Organization (WHO) said on May 22 that South America is the world’s new epidemic center with Brazil being the most affected country in the region.
WHO emergency health program executive Mike Ryan said the epidemic situation in South America had become more serious with the outbreak hotspot located in Brazil.
Brazilian authorities are permitting widespread use of antimalarial drugs for the treatment of Covid-19. Ryan emphasized that many medical experts have recommended this drug to cause serious side effects in the treatment of Covid-19.
As of May 24, Brazil recorded 347,398 infections and 22,013 deaths from Covid-19. The country has just overtaken data in Russia, becoming the 2nd country in the world in the number of infections.
Meanwhile, the number of new infections in Africa has exceeded 100,000. The corona virus has appeared in every country on the “black continent”, causing about 3,100 deaths, Reuters reported from WHO.
WHO’s Africa director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said that the Covid-19 epidemic in Africa had subsided and the continent avoided high mortality figures.
But Dr Moeti stressed that Africa cannot be subjective because the region’s health system is weak, unable to cope with the sudden increase in the number of infections. According to Moeti, corona virus is spreading in the community in about 50% of countries in Africa.
Mike Ryan said that the low mortality rate in Africa is due to the fact that 50% of the population is under the age of 18. But he is also concerned that the disease could continue to spread because of “many holes” in the health system.