COVID-19 surges intensify in global hot spots

Countries in multiple parts of the world reported new daily records for COVID-19 cases, with the latest regulatory assessments of a link between the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and rare blood clot conditions continuing to trigger more precautions across more nations.

Record highs in several countries

Though much of the attention surrounding recent surges has focused on Brazil, other countries in South America are reporting record activity. Argentina yesterday reported 22,039 cases, above the daily new case record it set the previous say, according to Reuters.

The country’s president, Alberto Fernandez, announced new measures to slow the spread of the virus, including a night curfew and temporarily shuttering of nightclubs and other entertainment venues in the hardest-hit areas.

In Uruguay, Argentina’s neighbor to the east, officials reported nearly 4,000 new cases—a single-day high—yesterday, and the country’s president, Luis Lacalle Pou, extended the current COVID measures until Apr 30, according to CNN. Uruguay’s intensive care unit occupancy is at 74%.

Peru yesterday reported a record daily high for deaths, with health ministry officials revealing this week that the P1 SARS-CoV-2 variant has been detected in all parts of the country, especially in areas bordering Brazil and in Lima, according to CNN.

 

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