Covid-19 deaths in Latin America surpass 250,000

Peru has registered more than 26,000 coronavirus deaths. (AP pic)

MONTEVIDEO: Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, according to an AFP tally based on official national statistics.

The region recorded 6,463,245 infections and 250,969 deaths by 10pm.

Brazil is the region’s worst-affected country with 3.5 million cases and more than 112,000 deaths.

The South American giant is second only to the US as the world’s worst-hit country.

Peru, where figures released on Thursday showed a 30% fall in GDP in the second quarter, has registered more than 26,000 deaths.

Mexico had recorded 58,481 deaths from nearly 540,000 Covid-19 infections by late Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced on Thursday that at least 2,000 Mexican volunteers would take part in final phase trials of a Russian vaccine against the virus.

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