Covid cases soar in LatAm and Europe

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTWORLD - let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Agen­cies n

RIO DE JANEIRO: The coro­n­avirus pan­demic has passed grim mile­stones as Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean on Satur­day sur­passed two mil­lion coro­n­avirus cases, and Europe saw more than 2.5 mil­lion in­fec­tions, ac­cord­ing to an AFP tally based on of­fi­cial fig­ures. The virus is ac­cel­er­at­ing in Latin Amer­ica, an out­break hotspot with 2,007,621 con­firmed cases. Brazil, the largest coun­try in the re­gion, recorded nearly 50,000 deaths with 1,022 fa­tal­i­ties in the last 24 hours.

A to­tal of 49,976 peo­ple have of­fi­cially died from Covid-19 in Brazil, with a to­tal of 1,067,579 con­firmed cases.

Chile nearly dou­bled its re­ported coro­n­avirus death toll on Satur­day to 7,144 un­der a new tal­ly­ing method that in­cludes prob­a­ble fa­tal­i­ties. The toll in­creased by 3,069, Rafael Araos of the health min­istry said as he ex­plained the new count­ing method­ol­ogy of the gov­ern­ment.

Al­though the spread has slowed in Europe, it is still the worst-af­fected con­ti­nent - al­most half of its 2.5 mil­lion cases be­ing reg­is­tered in Rus­sia, Bri­tain, Spain and Italy, ac­cord­ing to an AFP tally on Satur­day.

The virus has now killed more than 458,000 peo­ple and in­fected 8.6 mil­lion world­wide.

Pas­sen­gers wear­ing masks and wheel­ing suit­cases ar­rived at Madrid’s main air­port on Sun­day as Spain opened its bor­ders to most Euro­pean coun­tries and ended a state of emer­gency im­posed to con­tain the coro­n­avirus. Spain’s bor­ders are now open to all Euro­pean Union coun­tries ex­cept Por­tu­gal, as well as Schen­gen Area mem­bers out­side the bloc and Bri­tain.

Ger­many’s coro­n­avirus in­fec­tion rate rose for the first time in four days af­ter out­breaks in the meat in­dus­try and at refugee cen­tres. South Korean au­thor­i­ties re­ported 48 new cases, half of which were in the cap­i­tal Seoul. Ten were in the cen­tral city of Dae­jong, sug­gest­ing the virus was spread­ing more widely as mea­sures are re­laxed.

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