Coronavirus update: South America the newest hot spot for pandemic as more Americans enter unemployment


ABC News Australia

May 21, 2020


Europe and the United States had their turn now the world's latest coronavirus hot spot is South America with cases there accelerating at a rapid rate, with global cases over 5 million.


This story will be regularly updated throughout Friday.


Cases rapidly rising in Brazil


South America has overtaken the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily coronavirus cases globally, representing a new phase in the virus' spread.


In recent days, Brazil became the country with the third-largest number of infections, trailing behind the US and Russia, but as its outbreak worsens, the nation is expected to soon have the second-highest number of cases in the world.


According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has registered almost 19,000 deaths since the outbreak hit the country.


More than 291,000 positive cases are confirmed, and the Health Ministry is monitoring another 156,000.


In the last two days, almost 2,000 have died of COVID-19.


Experts believe that because of the lack of tests, the number of confirmed cases and victims is much higher than the figure reported by the authorities.


In Peru, the number of confirmed cases surpassed 104,000, as the outbreak puts pressure on the demand for medicines, whose prices have soared in recent days...