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World South America 'a new epicentre' of COVID-19: WHO

05:10  23 may  2020
05:10  23 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Geneva (AFP) - South America has become " a new epicentre " of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID - 19 infections. We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases," WHO

GENEVA - South America has become " a new epicentre " of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID - 19 infections. We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases," WHO emergencies

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South America has become "a new epicentre" of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.

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“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” Dr Mike Ryan, WHO ’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid - 19 in recent weeks.

"In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease. We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases," WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan told a virtual news conference.

"Clearly there is a concern across many of those countries, but clearly the most affected is Brazil at this point."

The novel coronavirus death toll in Brazil surpassed 20,000 on Thursday, after a record number of fatalities in a 24-hour period, the health ministry said.

The country's highest one-day toll of 1,188 pushed the overall death tally to 20,047.

Brazil has now recorded more than 310,000 cases, with experts saying a lack of testing means the real figures are probably much higher.

With its curve of infections and deaths rising sharply, the country of 210 million ranks third in the world in terms of total cases, behind the United States and Russia.

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“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” Dr Mike Ryan, WHO ’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid - 19 in recent weeks.

“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” Dr Mike Ryan, WHO ’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid - 19 in recent weeks.

The death toll -- the sixth highest in the world -- has doubled in just 11 days, according to ministry data.

"The majority of the cases are from the Sao Paulo region," said Ryan.

"But in terms of attack rates, the highest attack rates are actually in Amazonas: about 490 persons infected per 100,000 population, which is quite high," he said of Brazil's vast northwestern state.

Brazil's health ministry has recommended using the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 -- treatments President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness.

US President Donald Trump on Monday made the surprise announcement that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, despite his own government experts saying it is not suitable for fighting coronavirus.

Commuters wearing face masks travel on a public bus with an electronic sign reading © DANIEL CASTELLANO/AFP via Getty Images Commuters wearing face masks travel on a public bus with an electronic sign reading "Wear a face mask", in Curitiba, Brazil on May 22, 2020. - Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country in the coronavirus pandemic, has surpassed 20,000 deaths, according to Brazil's Ministry of Health. (Photo by DANIEL CASTELLANO / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL CASTELLANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Ryan stressed that neither hydroxychloroquine nor chloroquine have been proven to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19 -- or in prophylaxis against the disease.

The two drugs are among a handful involved in WHO-coordinated clinical trials to find effective treatments for the disease. Some 3,000 patients are taking part in the trials in 320 hospitals across 17 countries.

"Our current clinical and systematic reviews carried out by the Pan American Health Organization, and the current clinical evidence, does not support the widespread use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 -- not until the trials are completed and we have clear results," said Ryan.

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© REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko A woman wears a protective mask during a food distribution in Diepsloot, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 8, 2020. This Sunday, the Head of State, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a series of effective measures as of next week, notably the lifting of the curfew and the reopening of certain businesses. Yet the country continues to see an increase in the Covid-19 epidemic. South Africa has passed the 22,000 mark.

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