Americas pass Europe in number of coronavirus cases

BOGOTA, Colombia As coronavirus cases decline in many European countries, there is no relief in the Americas. The American continent surpassed Europe on Tuesday, becoming the continent with the most cases of the novel coronavirus, with more than 1.8 million reported. More than 82,000 people have died in the US and 12,400 in Brazil. Latin …

Americas pass Europe in number of coronavirus cases

BOGOTA, Colombia
As coronavirus cases decline in many European countries, there is no relief in the Americas.
The American continent surpassed Europe on Tuesday, becoming the continent with the most cases of the novel coronavirus, with more than 1.8 million reported. More than 82,000 people have died in the US and 12,400 in Brazil.
Latin America went from a sole confirmed case on Feb. 26 in Brazil to more than 390,000 official cases this week. But according to experts and local media, the true number of cases is actually much higher amid a lack of sufficient testing.
All figures shared below are compiled according to data from US-based Johns Hopkins University as of Tuesday.
Brazil
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has included gyms and hairdressers on the list of “essential activities” that can be carried out in states and municipalities where confinement is being enforced to stop the pandemic which has already left 172,790 infected and more than 12,400 dead in the country.
“Whoever is sedentary at home, for example, is increasing their cholesterol levels, their stress issues and a whole lot of problems. But if they could go to a gym — logically in accordance with Health Ministry regulations — they will have a healthier life,” Bolsonaro said.
“It is the same with the hair stylist and barber. And having one’s nails painted and fixing up their hair, it is a matter of hygiene.”
However, when questioned during a press conference, Health Minister Nelson Teich said that he was not aware of the order.
According to Bolsonaro, more than one million people work in these industries.
Uruguay
Japan warned its citizens against traveling to several Latin American countries as the coronavirus continues to spread globally, including Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras.
Uruguay reported 711 cases and 19 deaths as of Tuesday.
Japan, which has 15,847 COVID-19 cases and 633 reported deaths, has not recommended travel to approximately 100 countries worldwide, including many in Europe as well as the US and UK, which have the highest number of deaths due to the coronavirus.
Mexico
Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health Hugo Lopez-Gatell reported 8,544 registered cases of the coronavirus and 111 deaths among medical personnel, the most affected being nurses and doctors.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic has not, “fortunately,” hit the country so hard and announced that on Wednesday, he will present a plan to reopen the economy after weeks of quarantine that sought to contain the spread of the virus.
“We’ve been lucky. It’s virtue and luck. Where it first affected, the pandemic exceeded the capacity of both general hospitalization and intensive care in European countries and the United States. We had time to prepare,” he said.
As of Tuesday, Mexico had 36,327 infected people and 3,573 deaths. However, Mexican authorities have acknowledged an under-recording of cases.

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Demonstrators lay body bags at Arizona state capitol

WASHINGTON, Protesters demonstrating against Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s decision to lift his statewide stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus laid over 20 bodybags at the state capitol Tuesday. They urged Ducey to reconsider the action, with local group Indivisible Phoenix organizing the demonstration, which included at least one individual dressed as …

Demonstrators lay body bags at Arizona state capitol

WASHINGTON, Protesters demonstrating against Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s decision to lift his statewide stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus laid over 20 bodybags at the state capitol Tuesday.
They urged Ducey to reconsider the action, with local group Indivisible Phoenix organizing the demonstration, which included at least one individual dressed as the Grim Reaper.
“We need to properly combat the spread of the coronavirus so that we can ensure a safe reopening of businesses, public spaces and schools so we don’t wind up with another 532 bodybags,” Sharli Schaitberger, a retired healthcare professional who was among the demonstrators, according to Anadolu news agency
Ducey’s order was set to expire on March 15, but he started easing the restrictions early over what he said were declines in the virus in the southwestern state.
Less than a dozen demonstrators were in attendance Tuesday, which Schaitberger said was done to allow for “proper social distancing.”
Cat Castaneda, another demonstrator,she decided to attend the protest to draw attention to the impact the pandemic has had on native communities.
“These bodybags also represent those on the reservations who have no running water, no serious healthcare and no way to get away from this,” Castaneda said. “I just wish the people in our government would pay more attention to them, but instead, they are looking the other way every chance they get. It’s not fair.”
“People want to go back to work, yes, but they want to do it safely,” she added.
The US is the country worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic with over 1.3 million confirmed infections and over 82,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Arizona has had 562 deaths and 2,852 recoveries during the outbreak, according to the university.

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