Covid deaths in Western Hemisphere still surging

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Deaths from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) deaths are surging in the Western Hemisphere, the side of the globe that comprises nearly 48.6 percent of the fatalities and five nations in the top 10 with the most fatalities despite only 12.7 percent of the world’s population.

Worldwide, the pandemic is diminishing with a weekly 12 percent decrease in deaths and 16 percent in cases. And Covid-19 is no longer as intensive in India as cases increased Sunday by 114,460 compared with a record 414,188 on May 8 and 2,6677 deaths, down from a record 4,529, also in May. India is third in the world for deaths at 346,759 and second in cases at 28,809,339.

So far Sunday, the pandemic has caused the deaths of 3,741,032 people, including 914,613 in South America and 902,371 in North America, according to Worldometers.info. The hemisphere had an increase of nearly 70 million, for 40.7 percent of the total 173.80 million.

In North America, the United States leads the world with 597,561 deaths, as well as 33,359,991 cases, according to Johns Hopkins  tracking. Mexico is fourth in the world with 228,754 deaths and 2.432 million cases, which is 15th.

In South American, Brazil ranked No. 2 for most fatalities with 472,629, including 1,661 Saturday and third in infections with 16.907 million, including 65,471 most recently. In the past week, Peru moved to fifth in the world with 186,073 deaths but around 110,000 were added last week that were reclassified in a change of criteria from only testing positive for a coronavirus test, which numbers only 13.1 million. The testing rate is only 393,220 per million compared with 1,461,188 in the United States and 232,951 in Brazil.

Peru’s cases are 1,980,3921, which is 17th in the world, including 4,255 Saturday.

Three other South American nations are in the top 20 worldwide for most deaths. No. 10 Colombia has 91,422, including 532 Saturday, which was third in the world behind India and Brazil. Argentina’s 456 was fourth with the total 13th at 80,867. Last week Peru was 15th.

Also in South America, Chile is 23rd with 29,816, including 120 Saturday.

In the past week, South America’s deaths decreased by 4 percent, not counting the revision in Peru, and cases rose by 4 percent. In North America, fatalities dropped 14 percent and infections 23 percent.

Peru now has the worst per-capita death rate in the world with 5,572 per million, compared with 1,840 in the United States, 2,209 in Brazil, 249 in India.

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