Coronavirus cases and deaths continued to rise across Latin America on Wednesday as the region struggled to contain the spread of infections. 


Peru reported 165 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to health officials.

The death toll climbed to 5,903, while the number of confirmed cases rose by 5,087 to 208,823.

At least 98,031 people have recovered from the virus.

The country reported its first case on March 6 and its first death on March 20.


Ecuador reported 30 more deaths from the coronavirus, said the health ministry.

The death toll climbed to 3,720 while the number of confirmed cases rose by 523 to 44,440.

The total number of recoveries in the country has been reported as 21,862.


In Guatemala, 22 more people died from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 289.

The total number of cases in the country rose to 7,866 with 363 new infections, while 1,413 people have recovered in the country so far.

Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

The pandemic has killed more than 416,000 people worldwide, with over 7.35 million confirmed cases and more than 3.4 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University of the US.

*Writing by Seda Sevencan

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