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Latin America accounts for one third of global COVID-19 deaths Updated: 2020-09-10 10:03:05 KST

The COVID-19 pandemic has now claimed more than 300-thousand lives in Latin America.
According to Worldometer as of early Thursday, Korea Time, one out of three of the 900-thousand global deaths from COVID-19 were from Latin America, which accounts for just eight percent of the world's population.
Brazil has the largest death toll in Latin America with some 128-thousand deaths.
Mexico is next, followed by Peru, and Colombia.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Latin America is about 7.9 million.
While major Latin American countries are still adding a significant number of cases each day, the pace of infection is slowing slightly.
Infection rates in Brazil and Mexico are gradually stabilizing, and Peru and Colombia, which saw their respective situations worsen in August, seem to be on the road to a gradual recovery.
However, concerns are growing in Russia.
Newly confirmed cases there have exceeded five thousand for six days in a row since September 4th.
Daily infections are ticking up, after staying below five thousand for 19 straight days from mid-August.
The total caseload in Russia now exceeds one million, and deaths amount to more than 18-thousand.
Daily infections in the United Arab Emirates have also risen in recent weeks.
On Wednesday, the UAE reported its highest daily increase in over three months.
Cases jumped by 883 from the previous day, raising the UAE's total to nearly 76-thousand cases.
Health authorities in the UAE say one infected person failed to follow the nation's quarantine guidelines, resulting in 45 infections including one death.
The health authorities in the UAE are urging the public to strictly abide by quarantine rules, warning that COVID-19 may be spreading again rapidly.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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