BOGOTA, Colombia

Fear has gripped South America after Brazil confirmed its first coronavirus case on Wednesday.

The victim is a 61-year-old Brazilian man who contracted the virus on a recent trip to Lombardy, Italy — which has been hit hard by the coronavirus.

Governments have increased security measures at the points of entry anticipating a potential outbreak.

Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) recommended Wednesday that countries intensify their preparation plans to deal with COVID-19, the official name of the virus.

“There are measures in place for detecting, diagnosing and caring for patients with disease. A strong

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