On Friday, Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed one million coronavirus-related deaths. The milestone comes as COVID-19 outbreaks remain out of control throughout the region and vaccination campaigns continue to stall, NBC News reported.
How bad are outbreaks in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Latin America and the Caribbean have about 8% of the world’s population. However, the region accounts for 29% of all coronavirus fatalities worldwide, according to CBS News.
In Europe, North America and Asia, cases of COVID-19 per capita have begun to fall. In India, the country is currently battling one of the worst outbreaks in the world in the entire pandemic, while in Africa the trend has flattened. South America remains the only region where per capita cases have continued to rise, NBC News said.
Which countries have been most affected?
Of the region’s 1 million deaths, nearly 90 percent of all COVID-19 deaths came from just five countries in the region, The Washington Post reported:
- Brazil accounts for 44% of deaths in the region, an impressive 446,000 deaths from COVID-19, the second-highest death toll in the world, CBS News said.
- Mexico accounts for 22% of deaths in the region or about 221,000 deaths from COVID-19, the fourth highest in the world. However, on Sunday, Mexico reported the lowest daily coronavirus figure in more than a year, The Washington Post reported.
- Colombia accounts for 8% of deaths in the region with weeks of anti-government protests prolonging maximum coronavirus outbreaks, the Washington Post said.
- Argentina accounts for 7% of deaths in the region, The Washington Post reported.
- Peru accounts for nearly 7% of the region’s deaths, according to the Washington Post.
Last year, the small South American country of Uruguay was considered the exception to the devastating outbreaks of COVID-19. However, Uruguay now has one of the highest mortality rates in the world, The Washington Post reported.
Why has COVID-19 gone so badly in Latin America?
According to the Washington Post, there is no easy answer to what failed in Latin America. All-income countries run by all kinds of governments have struggled to contain coronavirus outbreaks.
- Vaccination campaigns have been delayed as leaders have failed to deliver vaccines; less than 3% of the region’s population has been vaccinated, according to NBC News and The Washington Post.
- Most health care systems are underfunded and rely primarily on imported medical supplies, CBS News reported.
A large percentage of Latin Americans live in poverty, preventing many countries from entering strict stagnation nationwide, The New York Post reported.
The Pan American Health Organization released a statement on CBS News on Friday, saying that “this pandemic is far from over, and is seriously affecting Latin America and the Caribbean, affecting our health, our economies and all societies. “.