Total Coronavirus Deaths In Latin America, Caribbean Pass U.S., Canada Death Toll

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Total confirmed coronavirus deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed the death toll in the U.S. and Canada for the first time this week, a deadly shift in the pandemic’s spread of which health organizations have warned.


Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reported 146,515 coronavirus deaths as of Tuesday morning, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, compared to 144,451 deaths tallied by the United States and Canada.

Brazil is by far the worst-affected country in the region, and second worldwide only to the U.S., with more than 1.8 million infections and almost 73,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has long downplayed the danger of the pandemic, calling the virus “a little flu,” and attacked the social distancing measures adopted by Brazil’s governors for harming the economy. 

With 35,491 reported deaths, Mexico has the fourth-most-confirmed coronavirus fatalities in the world, and Peru comes in tenth, with 12,054 deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported.

Latin America’s impoverishment, unequal access to quality healthcare and unregulated working practices have made the region particularly vulnerable to the virus.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned last week that Latin America and the Caribbean had emerged as a viral hotspot, adding that the pandemic could lead to a decline of 9.1% in the regional GDP, which would be the biggest drop in 100 years.


At least three heads of state in the region have tested positive for the virus themselves: Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Añez, and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.


Latin America’s early cases were in well-off areas of the region, among people who had been infected during overseas travel, according to Reuters. With 80% of the region’s residents living in urban settings, Guterres said transmission between people in close proximity had become “of special concern,” especially for people living in slums, according to an Associated Press report. Some of Latin America and the Caribbean’s healthcare systems “are ill-prepared to handle a health and human crisis of this scale,” he added. Despite the increase in deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.S. still leads the rest of the world in both confirmed cases and fatalities, with more than 3.3 million cases and close to 136,000 deaths, respectively. Europe still holds the record for the most total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, AFP reported, having counted well over 200,000.


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