Global COVID-19 cases topped 6.5 million today, fueled by brisk activity in Latin American countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, and in hot spots in other parts of the world, such as India and Iran, a country that is experiencing a second spike in infections. The global total today rose to 6,588,761 cases, and deaths reached 388,416, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard. Latin America totals climb Brazil—the world’s second hardest-hit country—yesterday reported 27,312 cases, about 7,000 more than the daily US total. Though the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are among the country’s main epicenters, COVID-19 activity is increasingly reported in indigenous communities, where deaths rose from 28 at the end of April to 182 by Jun 1, Reuters reported today. Global health officials and those in Brazil have feared outbreaks in native populations, some of which don’t have testing equipment or personal protective equipment, and many of which are located far from intensive care units. Peru, one of Brazil’s western neighbors, yesterday reported 4,030 cases, for a total of 178,914, 10th most in the world, just behind Germany. Mexico yesterday reported a record high daily total, 3,912 cases, and for the first time its daily death total—at 1,092—was higher than the United States’, Reuters reported.

 

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