South America is a new COVID ‘epicentre’, African deaths still low: WHO

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Published May 23, 2020, 1:54 AM

By Reuters

GENEVA- South America has become a new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Gravediggers carry the coffin of Antonia Rodrigues who passed away from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during her funeral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18, 2020. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/MANILA BULLETIN)

“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is “clearly the most affected”.

Ryan noted Brazilian authorities have approved broad use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for treatment of

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