Number of the week

1 million coronavirus deaths in Latin America

Still tormented by the coronavirus pandemic, the world's most unequal region hits a sad milestone

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Peruvians mourning in Lima. Photo: Joel Salvador/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps to understand what is going on in Latin America. This week, 1 million Covid-19 deaths in Latin America.

Covid-19 deaths

Fourteen months have passed since Latin America recorded its first coronavirus death on March 7, 2020. This week, the region hit the macabre milestone of 1 million fatalities, easily making the pandemic the deadliest event in Latin American history. 

The viral disaster. The Covid-19 pandemic ravaged social indicators in Latin America. According to the UNHCR, the continent is home to “five of the 15 countries...

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