Latin America, Caribbean may see virus deaths quadruple

Epidemiological teams from the Ministry of Health carrying out the random sampling for Covid-19 in Bogota, Colombia. The mayor’s office began taking free samples on Saturday to detect cases of coronavirus in four neighbourhoods that entered into strict quarantine due to the high number of infections. – EPA pic, July 1, 2020.

THE Pan American Health Organisation warned yesterday the coronavirus death toll in Latin America and the Caribbean could top 400,000 by October without stricter public health measures.

That would represent a quadrupling of the fatal cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, in a region that has emerged as a major pandemic trouble spot.

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