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Latin America hits 70,000 pandemic deaths, daily record in Mexico

Updated: 2020-06-11 09:50
Women carry bags after shopping as the city hall eases restrictions on the first day of open commerce since the beginning of quarantine due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 10, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

MEXICO CITY - Latin America's coronavirus crisis reached a new milestone on Wednesday with total deaths exceeding 70,000, according to a Reuters count, as Mexico hit a daily record for confirmed infections.

Brazil, with the largest economy in the region, remains Latin America's most affected country as total fatalities are just shy of 40,000, the world's third highest death toll after the United States and Britain.

In the region's second biggest country Mexico, a new daily record of 4,883 confirmed cases was reported by the health ministry, along with 708 additional fatalities.

The daily totals bring Mexico's overall official count to 129,184 infections and 15,357 deaths.

The World Health Organization has determined that Latin America is the new hotspot for the pandemic.

Latin American fatalities attributed to the highly-contagious Covid-19 respiratory illness caused by the virus stand at 70,972, while total infections are at 1.45 million.

The outbreak has also spread rapidly in Peru, Chile and Columbia.

Reuters

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