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Three South American countries reported an increase in infections from the novel coronavirus, according to officials Friday. 

COVID-19 cases more than doubled in Ecuador in the last 24 hours with an additional 11,536, increasing the tally to 22,719, according to health chief Juan Carlos Zevallos, who attributed the spike to late test results.

A total of 576 people died from the virus in the nation of 16 million people.

The death toll in Peru reached 634, according to health officials, who said 7,496 patients have recovered.

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