Latin America virus cases surpass 1 million Jun 02, 2020 0 1061 12345 AFP Brasília Confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America have surged past one million on Monday. With more than half a million known infections, Brazil now has the second-highest caseload in the world, but its anti-lockdown President Jair Bolsonaro again defied social distancing recommendations on Sunday.Wearing no face mask, the far-right leader met a tightly packed group of supporters in the capital Brasilia as the crowd chanted “Myth! Myth! Myth!” -- echoing his dismissal of the virus threat.Bolsonaro has been a staunch opponent of lockdowns as a tool for containing the coronavirus, saying they are unnecessary and harmful to the economy, but he has faced intense criticism from worried state authorities and angry citizens.Despite his scepticism, the virus rages on in Brazil and other parts of South America, with the situation in Chile, Bolivia and Peru also worsening.Peru on Sunday reported 8,800 new COVID-19 infections, setting a new daily record for a country that already has the second highest number of novel coronavirus cases in Latin America after Brazil.The death toll is now at 4,506, the third highest in the region -- itself the new hotspot of the deadly disease -- after Brazil and Mexico, with President Martin Vizcarra warning the country is only halfway through the crisis.Infections have jumped in Peru despite a months-long mandatory lockdown and a nightime curfew and the government ordering international borders to be closed.The spike is concentrated around the capital Lima, where one third of the population lives, and put tremendous strain on Peru’s economy and healthcare system.Four out of every ten Peruvians lost their source of income when the lockdown began, according to one study, and last week Peru secured a two-year, $11 billion credit line from the International Monetary Fund.In the United States -- the worst-affected nation in the world -- Washington and Los Angeles resumed outdoor dining, while New York City is on track to begin re-opening from June 8. RELATED ARTICLES UK records lowest death toll of lockdown as restrictions ease Jun 02, 2020 0 1556 Thousands join new US anti-racism protests as Trump vows crackdown Jun 02, 2020 0 1075 ANTI-RACISM PROTESTS ACROSS THE WORLD Jun 02, 2020 0 51 Armenian PM tests positive for the coronavirus as cases surge YEREVAN: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his family have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Monday, as the rate of new infections soared in the Caucasus nation. “My coronavirus test was positive .. Belarus detains dozens of opposition activists MINSK: Dozens of opposition activists were being held in Belarus on Monday, including a former presidential candidate, following a political rally ahead of presidential elections this summer. Tensions in the .. Mexico begins reopening after two-month lockdown MEXICO CITY: Mexico began gradually reopening its economy on Monday after more than two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. With almost 10,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 90,000 confirmed cases, .. Spain has no daily virus deaths for 1st time in 3 months: Ministry MADRID: Spain has recorded no coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours for the first time since the beginning of March, a senior health ministry spokesman said on Monday. “Today we have received no deaths with the date of .. Virus still potent says WHO, after claim by Italian doctor AFP Geneva The World Health Organization stressed on Monday that the new coronavirus has not suddenly become less pathogenic, following claims by a leading Italian doctor that COVID-19 had lost some of its potency. .. Italy records fewest new virus cases since February ROME: Italy posted a series of encouraging figures in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, including the smallest daily number of new cases since February 26, the Civil Protection Agency said in a .. US cities brace for more fury as officer hearing postponed AFP Washington US cities braced on Monday for more fury on the streets as a hearing was postponed for a Minneapolis police officer over the killing of an unarmed black man that ignited the country’ most sweeping unrest in .. Joe Biden visits scene of anti-racism protest DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Joe Biden visited the scene of an anti-racism protest in the state of Delaware on Sunday, saying that the United States was “in pain”. “We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not ..