The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced yesterday Wednesday that 79,719 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed in the laboratory in the previous 24 hours, while another 3,472 patients with COVID-19 died during the same period.
The death toll from a new coronavirus pandemic in South America’s largest country has so far reached 381,475 deaths out of a total of 14.1 million infections. In absolute terms, this is the second heaviest report in the world, behind only the one recorded by the USA (over 568,000 deaths).
However, per capita, with 176 deaths due to COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, Brazil in recent days surpassed Peru (174 / 100,000), the United States (172) and Mexico (165).
Argentina: More than 60,000 deaths, more than 2.7 million cases
The number of deaths due to COVID-19 has exceeded 60,000 in Argentina, where the number of infections with the new coronavirus on a daily basis remains alarmingly high, with almost 26,000 being confirmed in the laboratory in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health announced.
“Argentina is going to experience the worst moment of the pandemic since March 3 last year. We are in the most dangerous moment “, warned the Minister of Health, Carla Vitsotti.
In Argentina, with a population of 45 million, the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases reached 2,769,552 yesterday and the death toll was 60,083.
Ms Witsotti called for health to be given the highest priority by the political opposition, as the opposition-ruled municipality of Buenos Aires categorically refuses to implement a government decree that would close schools for two weeks. Restrict the spread of the virus in the capital and its suburbs, where more than 15 million people live and where most infections are recorded.
The mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodrεςguez Laretta (right), has ordered the schools to operate normally, citing a court ruling, in defiance of a presidential decree suspending educational institutions.
A Buenos Aires court has ruled that the decree “directly” affects “city autonomy”. Parents’ associations of students, with the support of Mr. Rodriguez Laretta, appealed to the court.
Cuba: More than 1,000 cases again, 9 deaths in 24 hours
The threshold of a thousand cases of the new coronavirus was exceeded once again in one day in Cuba, where the Ministry of Health informed yesterday Wednesday that in the previous 24 hours 1,006 infections were confirmed by SARS-CoV-2, while another 9 patients with COV -19 succumbed.
The Caribbean island pandemic toll has so far reached 547 deaths out of a total of 96,760 infections.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has tweeted that the mutated strain of the new coronavirus originally identified in South Africa is spreading in the country, necessitating stricter measures to protect public health.
“The arrival of new strains of the virus in the country forces us to adapt the protocols,” the head of state stressed. Cuban scientists have found that “a variant of the virus that was originally identified in South Africa and which can be more contagious and deadly is spreading.”
Since January, Cuba has been facing a new wave of the new coronavirus pandemic, which it finds difficult to control despite strict measures imposed by the authorities.
Two domestically developed vaccines, Soberana 2 and Abdala, are in the third phase of their clinical trials. Three others are in various stages of study. Havana, which has been criticized for not yet launching a mass vaccination campaign, intends to immunize the entire population of the country during the year against the new coronavirus.
South Korea: Over 700 cases in 2 days, 2 deaths in 24 hours
South Korean authorities announced today that 735 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed in the laboratory as of midnight Wednesday, while 2 other patients with COVID-19 succumbed.
The pandemic of the new coronavirus in the country of Southeast Asia has reached this stage with 1,808 deaths out of a total of 116,661 infections. The mortality rate fell to 1.55%.
Infections increased slightly compared to the previous one (+4), exceeding for the second consecutive day the level of 700.
Since the start of the mass immunization campaign in South Korea on February 26, 1,803,767 people have received their first dose of the vaccine so far. However, only 60,622 of them have received the second.