Latin America coronavirus death toll surges past 200,000

People are seen at Copacabana Beach amid the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 28, 2020. REUTERS / Ricardo Moraes

LIMA (Reuters) – The number of fatalities in Latin America due to the novel corona virus exceeded 200,000 on Saturday evening, as a Reuters report shows. This underscores the region's status as one of the global epicentres of the pandemic that is pushing governments to the limits.

Apart from the United States, Brazil and Mexico have caused more deaths from the virus than any other country, and together they make up around 70% of the regional death toll.

Both have sought to counter the need to curb the spread of the virus with restrictive security measures while trying to reopen their economies affected by the crisis.

Brazil reported a daily record of 1,595 coronavirus deaths earlier this week, and registered another 1,088 on Saturday. Mexico had 784 deaths on Saturday and had more than 9,000 new infections with the virus for the first time.

Other countries in Latin America are also struggling to keep the corona virus at bay, and the region has surpassed the 200,000 mark after Peru registered another 191 deaths.

Reporting by Marco Aquino; Edited by Dave Graham and Christopher Cushing

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