The WHO indicated that South America has become the new epicenter of the coronavirus with Brazil leading the regrettable record. Brazil is the country in South America with the most cases of coronavirus. After a dizzying increase, Brazil is now the second country in the world with more cases of the new coronavirus.

South America has become a new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with Brazil leading the sad ranking.

In South America, Brazil is the most affected country, while coronavirus cases are increasing in some African countries that so far have a relatively low number of victims, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, according to Business Insider. .

“The COVID-19 pandemic reached a milestone in Africa today (Friday), with more than 100,000 confirmed cases. The virus has spread to all countries on the continent since the first case in the region was confirmed 14 weeks ago, “the WHO said in a statement, where it also noted that there were 3,100 confirmed deaths across the vast continent.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, who is from Botswana, said: “For now, COVID-19 has made soft landfall in Africa, and the continent has been spared the large number of deaths that have devastated other regions. of the world”.

Still, he added: “We must not be swayed by complacency as our health systems are fragile and less able to cope with a sudden increase in cases.”

About half of African countries are experiencing community transmission of the virus, the WHO said.

The situation in South America seemed more serious. Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s chief emergency expert, who spoke at a news conference earlier, said: “In a sense, South America has become a new epicenter of the disease.”

Brazil is the “most affected”, and the authorities of that country have approved the widespread use of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, he said. In turn, he reiterated that clinical evidence does not support the widespread use of this drug against the disease, due to its risks.

According to the AP, the two largest countries in Latin America – Mexico and Brazil – beat their infected and dead marks almost daily this week, fueling criticism of their presidents, who have alleviated the quarantines in an attempt to limit economic damage.

Brazil confirmed a total of more than 330,000 cases, surpassing Russia to position itself as the second nation with the highest number of affected, only behind the United States, which has 96,000 deaths and 1.6 million infections, according to a count by the University Johns Hopkins. Brazil also registered more than 21,000 deaths, although experts believe the number is higher.

According to experts, the increase in cases in Latin America showed the limits of government action in a region where millions of people work in the informal economy and many police officers are weak or corrupt and unable to apply the restrictions. The infections also increased and saturated intensive care units in Peru, Chile and Ecuador, which had received praise for imposing early and strict quarantines.