More than 12 million COVID-19 cases and over 552,000 deaths worldwide
Latin America and the Caribbean are going through massive health, social and economic shocks, UN warns.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that a 9.1%contraction in GDP is expected this year in the region, which would be the largest in a century.
Latin American political leadershave tested positive for COVID-19. Jeanine Añez Chávez, the president of Bolivia, confirmed that she was infected with coronavirus.
In a tweet, she said that she plans to stay in isolation for 14 days, after which she will get tested again. Chávez said that she would continue working from isolation.
Her positive result comes at a time when Bolivia’s hospitals are overwhelmed by demand and struggling to admit COVID-19 patients. Bolivia currently has 42,984 cases
Latin America and the Caribbean have become a hot spot for the COVID-19.
U.N. chief said in a video and briefing report that a 9.1% contraction in GDP is expected this year in the region, which would be the “largest in a century.” “COVID-19 represents a massive health, social and economic shock with an immense human toll for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean,” the report said.
Venezuela’s socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello, considered the second-most powerful person in the country after President Nicolas Maduro, said he too tested positive for COVID-19.
Cabello said on Twitter that he is isolating and getting treatment. ”We will win!” he wrote, pledging to recover soon from the illness.