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Friday May 22, 2020

Global health: South America is new focus for Corona

The World – The Americas

“To some extent, South America has become a new epicenter of the disease,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, Senior Emergency Expert at the World Health Organization, at a press conference on Friday, adding that Brazil “is clearly the most affected.”“.

Ryan pointed out that Brazil approved the widespread use of the anti-malarial drug “hydroxychloroquine” as a treatment for “Covid-19”, and reiterated that medical evidence does not support the widespread use of this drug against new disease because of its risks.

Ryan said that some African countries have witnessed increases in the numbers of infection cases by 50 percent in the past week, while others have recorded decreases or stable rates..

He said the low death rate may be because half of the continent’s population is 18 years or younger.

He added that he was still concerned about the possible spread of the disease in a continent with “significant gaps” in the intensive care services and ventilators.

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