Global report: Brazil and Mexico record deadliest day from COVID-19

 Nursing professionals perform an act in honour of the 84 nurses who have died from coronavirus in Brazil.
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Date Published: May 13, 2020

Source: The Guardian

On May 12, Brazil experienced its deadliest day with 881 new fatalities, making it the world’s 6th worst-affected country for deaths overall at 12,400 and the 7th highest number of confirmed cases at 177,589 in total. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the threat of COVID-19, insisting that measures to contain the virus have caused more damage than the disease itself and that beauty salons, gyms and barbers should be treated as “essential services” and reopen. On the same day, Mexico also reported its worst day with 1,997 new cases along with 353 additional deaths, raising the total to 38,324 confirmed cases with 3,926 deaths in total. This new spike has sparked fear that some 1.5 million USA-Mexican dual citizens living in Mexico, many of them retirees, will flee back to the US. Hospitals in southern California have asked the Trump administration to prevent the spread of cases across the border, but there are no plans currently to stop dual citizens from returning.

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Summary by: Sophia Duong