America remains divided over the possibility of a second wave of the pandemic, which already leaves some 22 million cases and almost 670,000 deaths on the continent, and while some nations advance in their reopening, others have taken a step back due to the rebound in contagions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported this Friday that the number of global cases due to covid-19 amounts to 52.1 million and the death toll is around 1.26 million.
America continues to be the most affected region, with 22 million cases and 669,000 deaths, compared to 14 million infections and 328,000 deaths in the European continent and 10 million cases and 152,000 deaths in South Asia.
By countries, the United States continues to be the most affected nation in the world (10.6 million cases and more than 243,000 deaths) and there is already talk of a third wave of covid-19. India follows, with 8.7 million positives and more than 128,000 deaths; and Brazil, with 5.7 million cases and some 164,000 deaths.
LATIN AMERICA APPROACHES 420,000 DEATHS
In Latin America, in addition to Brazil, two other countries in the region are among the top ten in the world in number of cases: Argentina (8th place) and Colombia (9th place).
Argentina registers 1.2 million infected; Colombia reports 1.1 million infections; and Mexico is around a million.
Then there are Peru (about 930,000 cases and 35,000 deaths), Chile (more than 528,000 infections and 14,700 deaths) and, much further back, Ecuador (177,513 infected and 12,946 deaths).
Meanwhile, data from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) point to a high mortality rate in Latin America from the coronavirus, with 66 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, while the world average is 17.
In fact, three Latin American countries remain among the top ten in the world for deaths: Brazil (2nd place, with more than 164,000), Mexico (4th place, with more than 97,000) and Peru (10th place, with more than 35,000 deaths) . In addition, Argentina (more than 35,000 deaths) and Colombia (about 33,400) rank 11 and 12.
With this, America has about 22 million infected and around 670,000 deaths. Of that figure, in the Latin American and Caribbean region there are about 11.8 million cases (22.5% of the global total) and about 417,000 deaths.
VOICES DIVIDED BEFORE A SECOND WAVE
The possibility of the start of a second wave has begun to be considered by governments and health authorities due to the increase in cases in countries like the United States.
In fact, this Friday, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who this week warned that the city is “dangerously close” to a second wave of the pandemic, called to prepare for a possible closure of schools next week by the rise in cases.
With the increase in infections, the city had also ordered bars and restaurants to close starting at 10 at night.
In contrast, President Jair Bolsonaro today again minimized the possibility that his country will suffer a second wave of coronavirus, as some local scientists have already warned, supported by an increase in hospitalizations in recent days.
Bolsonaro described the second wave, which Europe and other regions of the world already suffer, as “converinha” (rumor or lie) and said that if the disease persists “it will be necessary to face it, because if the economy is not going to fail and Brazil will be a country of miserable “.
In any case, this increase in hospitalizations has led to the resumption of restrictions in several nations of the continent.
In the Mexican case, the Government of the capital announced this Friday the cut of hours in various establishments such as cinemas, museums and theaters due to the increase in hospitalizations for covid-19 in the city, which accumulates 15,997 deaths and 175,946 infections.
This is in addition to the cutback decreed last week in the hours of restaurants, which went from closing at 11:00 p.m. to doing so at 10:00 p.m.
Also in Puerto Rico, which is a US territory, the Government announced the tightening of restrictions due to the increase in cases, with an executive order that involves activating the National Guard to support compliance with the measures, which will include establishments such as restaurants or churches reduce your operating level from 55% to 30%.
The Government warned that if the results are not favorable on December 11, it will take even more drastic measures.
On the other shore, Argentina enabled the return of the performing arts, such as theater and concerts, with sanitary restrictions for artists and the public and a capacity limited to half the capacity of the venue.
The performing arts exceed seven months of closure, at least in its face-to-face mode and with that decision they will be able to return to such emblematic places as the theaters on Corrientes Street, in Buenos Aires.
Also Paraguay, where the covid-19 has caused 1,543 deaths and 69,653 infected, announced this Friday the opening of more activities due to the “significant decrease” in infections in the last two weeks.
Thus, as of next week, the wakes will be rehabilitated, as long as they are not cases of covid-19, with an attendance of up to 12 people, as well as social events of up to 100 people and children of up to 50 guests.
And Chile, one of the few countries in the region that still maintains its borders closed, will allow the entry of tourists of any nationality as of November 23, without the need to comply with quarantine but with the obligation to present a negative PCR.