Latin America Now Second-Worst Region for Virus Deaths
Latin America surged past the United States and Canada to become the second-worst affected region in the world for coronavirus deaths, according to an AFP tally on Monday.
With 144,758 deaths officially declared by 0800 GMT, the region surpassed the U.S. and Canada's total of 144,023 and is now behind only Europe with 202,505 deaths.
Brazil accounts for almost half of Latin America's recorded fatalities.
Latin America now has several of the world's hardest-hit nations.
Brazil is the second most affected country with 72,100 deaths and Mexico, which has recorded 35,006 fatalities, has overtaken Italy and lies in fourth place.
Peru (11,870) and Chile (6,979) are also battling severe outbreaks.
More than 3.37 million infections have been recorded in Latin America, putting it just behind the US and Canada, whose tally stands at more than 3.4 million.
According to some experts, the total official death toll in Latin America is underestimated.