September 02, 20 - 11:33 am - Reuters

Colombia tops 20,000 cases as lockdowns end, while Argentina struggles

Confirmed deaths in Colombia due to COVID-19 topped 20,000 as cases surpassed 624,000. The Andean country has so far reported 20,052 deaths and 624,069 cases of the novel coronavirus. Active cases stand at 133,155.

This week Colombia ended its initial quarantine measures after nearly five months of national lockdowns. Declared in late March by President Ivan Duque, the quarantine was called to slow the spread of COVID-19 and lead to the closure of thousands of businesses, causing joblessness to soar.

After more than five months of strict lock-downs, Argentina’s coronavirus crisis is only getting worse, reported Bloomberg. Almost 47% of people tested get a positive result back. The World Health Organization suggests nations push the rate below 5% for several weeks before reopening their economies.

Argentina passed Chile to claim the 10th spot in most cases globally.

Brazil, meanwhile, reported on Tuesday evening 42,659 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,215 deaths from the disease. Brazil has registered 3,950,931 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 122,596, according to ministry data, in the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak outside the United States.

Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collect information before taking samples from people for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at the Lazaro Cardenas Park in Mexico City, Mexico September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico‘s health ministry reported 6,476 new confirmed cases and 827 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 606,036 cases and 65,241 deaths.