Geneva, 2 June 2020 (dpa/MIA) – The coronavirus pandemic has not yet reached its peak in South and Central America, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday, adding it could not predict when it would happen.
“South and Central America, in particular, have very much become the intense zones of transmission,” said WHO expert Michael Ryan.
“I don’t believe we have reached the peak in that transmission. At this point I cannot predict when we will,” he added.
Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico are the countries with the highest numbers of newly recorded coronavirus cases, he said. Countries in the region “need our support, they need our solidarity,” he added.
He said there were good examples of countries where the government and society fought together against the virus, as well as others where there was “a weakness,” without naming any specific countries.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticized for avoiding measures that would restrict the economy and society. The country currently has more than 500,000 coronavirus infections – second only to the United States.