Belated response: Latin America is only now beginning to panic due to coronavirus

21.05.2020

In Latin America, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths from related diseases is growing rapidly. The coffins are laid on top of each other, the medicine is weak. Latin America eased restrictions too early and now began to sob.

Ana de Lemos, the head of the Doctors Without Borders unit in Brazil, said that in Latin America, morbidity and mortality rates have been breaking records in recent weeks. Der Spiegel published an article by Alexander Sarovich, which compares statistics with the peak stages of the United States and Europe.

For example, in Lima, the capital of Peru, mortality has doubled compared to the pre-pandemic period. Now the number of deaths is comparable to the worst month of the coronavirus in Paris. In Manaus (a city in Brazil with a population of 2 million people), mortality has tripled. Now it is comparable in percentage with London and Madrid - cities with the most difficult epidemiological conditions in certain periods. The Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil may become the second New York in the number of deaths.

The material says that in Brazil mass graves began to appear. Those who die with COVID-19 are buried in coffins stacked on top of each other. The author of the article concluded that the rapid deterioration of the situation is associated with too soft quarantine measures.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaru considered COVID-19 "a little flu." The state governors of his country criticized the head of state, but did not begin to impose strict quarantine. The adoption of such a decision was left to the mayors, not all of whom decided to play it safe.

"Bolsonaru insists on mitigating existing measures, because economic damage seems to him a more serious threat," the newspaper writes.

In Mexico, restrictive measures have already been relaxed. Now this country is in third place among all Latin Americans in the number of infected and dead. Virologists believe that the peak of the epidemic is yet to come. According to statistics in the Peruvian region of Loreto, one resident dies every hour from COVID-19.