The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed this Friday that Latin America has become “a new epicenter” of the coronavirus, with Brazil, the more pandemic in the region, with more than 300,000 cases and 20,000 deaths since the beginning of the year.
“We have seen many South American countries with an increasing number of cases, and there are clear concerns in many of them, but Brazil is certainly currently the most severely affected,” said Mike Ryan, WHO Health Director.
He also noted that the agency “takes note” of the Brazilian government’s decision to use hydroxychloroquine, a malaria-fighting drug, to treat minor cases of the pandemic.
The establishment of this protocol on Wednesday marks a victory for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ahead of his own government’s critics of using a drug that has not yet been proven effective. Two health ministers resigned in less than a month due to their inconsistencies with the president regarding health management against the corona virus.