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7 months ago | World | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director Carissa Etienne notes rising death rates in Mexico’s parts, similar trends in Ecuador and Costa Rica.

World Health Organization Regional Director Carissa Etienne said Latin America has started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic still requires major control interventions.

Etienne said COVID-19 cases in Colombia’s border area with Venezuela had increased tenfold in the last two weeks.

She said death rates are climbing in parts of Mexico, and similar trends are seen in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Bolivia, with similar patterns also emerging in areas of Argentina.

Etienne said governments must monitor travel very carefully because reopening to tourism can lead to setbacks. That has happened in the Caribbean, where several countries that had no cases have experienced spikes as tourism resumed.

According to a Reuters tally, Latin America has recorded around 8.4 million coronavirus cases and over 314,000 deaths, both figures being the highest of any region.

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