COVID-19 Upswing in Brazil & Mexico

Brazil has overtaken Britain as the country with the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll, which stands at 41,828, and confirmed cases at 828,810.

The current situation in Brazil, now one of the global hotspots for the virus, is of increasing concern especially in heavily-populated cities. The country’s health system is “still coping,” although some intensive care units were at a
critical stage and under heavy pressure with over 90 percent bed occupancy rates, said Dr. Mike Ryan, chief of WHO’s emergencies program.

The Brazilian borders are now closed to all foreigners though June 21. Mexico, another epicenter, has over 130,000 confirmed cases and 16,000 deaths. Yet both numbers are considered substantially undercounted due to very limited testing.

Mexico City is by far the hardest-hit part of the country. The country’s capital hopes to process 100,000 tests daily by July, which would be a dramatic increase over current testing levels.

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