Chile passed the 50,000 mark for coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.

The university’s running tally counted a total of 53,617 infections with 544 fatalities and 22,504 recoveries.

Chile has the third highest tally of virus cases in Latin America, after Brazil and Peru.

As the curve for the COVID-19 pandemic flattens or falls in many parts of the world, the virus continues to surge across the South American region.

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