Latin America coronavirus cases surge past 10,000 Mar 29, 2020 0 1191 12345 AFPMontevideoCORONAVIRUS cases in Latin America surpassed 10,000 on Friday, according to an AFP count based on official government and World Health Organization figures.The first case in Latin America was reported on February 26 in Brazil, which has become the regional epicenter of the pandemic with almost 3,000 cases and 77 deaths.Overall, there have been 182 deaths from COVID-19 in Latin America and almost 10,500 cases.The worst affected countries after Brazil are Chile with more than 1,600 cases and Ecuador with over 1,400. However, while Chile has suffered five deaths, there have been 34 in Ecuador. Over the last week, Latin American countries have been reinforcing measures to combat the virus outbreak.Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Panama and Venezuela are in complete lockdown.Guatemala, Honduras and Peru have imposed nighttime curfews and closed their borders.But in countries with high levels of poverty, many governments have also put into action economic assistance plans.Recession-hit Argentina, for example, has increased subsidies for poor families, pensioners and the unemployed, while pledging $5.3 billion in loans to help small and medium-sized companies.Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Peru have also offered one-off subsidies for poor families. RELATED ARTICLES Spain counts 832 deaths in 24 hours, pushing toll to 5,690 Mar 29, 2020 0 78 Italy’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000 Mar 29, 2020 0 110 UK Covid-19 death toll passes 1,000 Mar 29, 2020 0 833 Germany won’t relax coronavirus restrictions before April 20 DPA Berlin THE head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office said that measures to restrict the spread of coronavirus in the country won’t be lifted before April 20. “We are not talking about any easing until April 20. .. French military airlifting Covid-19 patients to Germany PARIS The French military will be using helicopters to transfer Covid-19 patients from hard-hit eastern France for treatment in Germany, Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Saturday. Public broadcaster .. US approves test that can detect coronavirus in five minutes DPA Washington A RAPID test has been approved in the United States which is intended to detect within minutes whether a person is infected with the coronavirus. Abbott Laboratories said the device is small and portable - .. Trump says he might ‘quarantine’ New York state WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering placing New York state -- the worst-hit in the US by the coronavirus pandemic -- under quarantine but he was vague about exactly what he meant by this. ..