Europe has outperformed America in the number of daily coronavirus cases.
The region, which is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, reports around 200,000 infections daily – more daily cases than India, Brazil and the US combined.
The American continent now registers almost 100,000 coronavirus cases every day.
However, Latin America is the region with the highest number of confirmed cases in the world at more than 10.6 million, accounting for more than a quarter of the world’s cases, while Europe has reported a total of around 7.8 million coronavirus cases to date.
Paraguay’s main airports are receiving international flights for the first time in seven months after restrictions were put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus.
President Mario Abdo Benitez spoke from Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion on Thursday that measures have been taken to ensure that the opening of flights does not increase the risk of the coronavirus spreading.
Paraguay has one of the lowest infection and death rates in Latin America with 56,819 cases and 1,250 deaths.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello on Thursday, who announced that he was infected with COVID-19.
In a video the president posted on social media, the two men are seen in Pazuello’s room talking without a mask. They talk about how easy it is to quickly recover from the disease with the help of the controversial drug chloroquine.
With Pazuello, half of Bolsonaro’s 23-person cabinet was infected with COVID-19.
Brazil recorded 33,862 coronavirus cases and 497 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. More than 5.3 million cases of the virus have been recorded since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 155,900.
A day after the diagnosis of COVID-19 by the Dominican Republic’s Minister of Health, Plutarco Arias, all staff at the Ministry of Health underwent a COVID-19 test on Thursday.
Arias announced on Twitter that he was infected with the virus on Wednesday.
“Today I received the results of my routine COVID-19 test which was positive. Although my clinical case is stable, I will remain in isolation to conduct treatment and the established protocol. We place our health and that of every Dominican man and woman firmly in God’s hands, “wrote Arias.
The country has 122,873 confirmed cases of the virus, according to a record by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University, with 2,212 reported deaths.
The Peruvian government announced on Thursday that it will not sign an agreement with AstraZeneca to eventually acquire its coronavirus vaccine due to “insufficient” information about the product.
“All countries are ready to take some risk with an emergency vaccine, but we cannot take such a big risk,” said Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti.
Mazzetti said vaccines won’t be mandatory and that people can choose whether or not to be vaccinated.
“It is the duty of the state to get vaccinated. If people don’t want to be vaccinated, they don’t need to be vaccinated, ”she said.
Peru has 876,885 cases and nearly 34,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
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