Caribbean, Latin America top 250,000 coronavirus deaths

Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, August 20, according to an AFP tally based on official national statistics.

Crosses and red balloons are placed in the sand on Copacabana beach in a demonstration organised by Rio de Paz to honor the victims of COVID-19, as the country heads to a milestone of 100,000 new coronavirus related deaths, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao)

The region recorded 6,463,245 infections and 250,969 deaths by 2200 GMT.

Brazil is the region’s worst-affected country with 3.5 million cases and more than 112,000 deaths. The South American giant is second only to the United States as the world’s worst-hit country.

Peru, where figures released Thursday showed a 30 per cent fall in GDP in the second quarter, has registered more than 26,000 deaths.

Mexico had recorded 58,481 deaths from nearly 540,000 COVID-19 infections by late Wednesday. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced Thursday that at least 2,000 Mexican volunteers would take part in final-phase trials of a Russian vaccine against the virus.