COVID-19 cases top 1 million in Latin America

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2020

The demonstrations, convened in several cities around the country, come at a point where Brazil, with nearly half a million confirmed coronavirus cases, finds itself in the No. 2 spot worldwide in terms of people infected with the virus and No. 4 in terms of deaths, with 28,834, according to the latest official tally.

"The world needs answers from China on the virus".

Since the virus emerged last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

With 598 deaths recorded on Sunday, the USA toll is over 104,000.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attended a rally on horseback on Sunday, because the fans asked the Supreme Court to be closed to investigate the right-wing leader, because one of his justice compared risks to Brazilian democracy with Hitler's Germany.

Lockdowns have interrupted the meager services many depend on, such as school lunches for hungry children and water deliveries.

"It is vital and urgent that we provide food assistance to the growing number of vulnerable people in the region, as well as those who depend on informal work", said Miguel Barreto, WFP regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, adding that "We still have time to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a hunger pandemic".

"Everything has ground to a stop".

The virus, which has killed more than 364,000 people and devastated the global economy, is progressing at different speeds across the globe, with Europe continuing to open up from lockdown on Saturday after seeing its number of infections steadily fall.

Chile also logged another record number of deaths on Friday, pushing its total to nearly 1,000.

Tourism-dependent Greece said it will restart its two main airports for arrivals from 29 countries from June 15 as the summer travel season picks up. But some European nations hard hit by the virus are not on the list, including France, Spain, Britain and Italy.

In Austria, hotels and cinemas were allowed to take in customers, provided they wear masks.

"It's of course a lot more effort now".

Turkey too has moved ahead with easing its restrictions as mosques opened for the first time in months, drawing hundreds of worshippers in masks for mass prayers in Istanbul.

"Now is the time for enhanced cooperation and common solutions", the European Union said in a statement, adding: "Actions that weaken global results must be avoided".

The overall United States death toll has topped 105,000 out of more than 1.8 million cases of the virus.

Disney World in Florida said it will be up and running again from July 11.

The economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with Chile taking out a two-year $24 billion credit line with the International Monetary Fund.

But the economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with India, Canada, Brazil, France and Italy registering shrinking GDP figures in the first quarter ahead of an expected worldwide recession.

Supreme Court Justice Celso de Mello, who is responsible for investigating a former justice minister's allegation that Bolsonaro tried to meddle with law enforcement for personal reasons, said the president's supporters were seeking a military dictatorship.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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