Latin America witnesses surge in coronavirus cases

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 04, 2020, 04.52 PM(IST)

Coronavirus in Brazil Photograph:( Reuters )

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In Peru, which is also the second worst-hit Latin American country has seen residents lining up to buy oxygen tanks for their loved ones.

Latin America is on the way to becoming the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic after Brazil and Mexico record spike in coronavirus deaths. 

Brazil has recorded 1,349 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours whereas Mexico has recorded more than 1,000 deaths in one day for the first time. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has opposed the lockdown in the country, but many local authorities have defied him and have placed Bahia state under curfew. 

The Chilean government has decided to extend their lockdown in their capital city Santiago for three weeks due to surge in daily deaths. 

In Peru, which is also the second worst-hit Latin American country has seen residents lining up to buy oxygen tanks for their loved ones.

"We haven't found oxygen yet," said Lady Savalla in the capital Lima.

"I'm worried about my mom more than anything else because she's going to need a lot of oxygen and the hospital doesn't have enough."

Coronavirus cases have crossed 6.5 million mark worldwide, taking positive patients toll to  6,513,301 with 386,091 deaths while  2,808,183 have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University's report.

United States, Spain, Russia, India, UK, Germany, Brazil, Italy, France are among the worst-hit countries having maximum cases of coronavirus and the numbers are increasing every day.

The US has the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths. It recorded 107,148 deaths and 1,851,530 cases so far. In the US, New York alone counted 30,019 deaths till date.