Brazil, Mexico see record deaths as virus rages across LatAm Jun 05, 2020 0 1804 12345 AFPRio de JaneiroBrazil and Mexico reported record daily coronavirus death tolls as governments in Latin America battled to fortify their defenses against the pandemic with fresh lockdown orders and curfews.As European countries moved to reopen their borders, South and Central America cemented their places as the new hotspots in the pandemic, while Iran -- the hardest-hit country in the Middle East -- announced a surge in infections.Mexico on Wednesday announced more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time, while Brazil, the region’s worst-hit country, reported a record 1,349 daily deaths.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staunchly opposed lockdowns but many local authorities have defied him and, with the crisis deepening, a vast section of Bahia state was placed under curfew.In Chile, the government said it was extending a three-week shutdown of the capital Santiago after a new record for daily deaths.And in Peru, the second worst-hit country in Latin America, desperate residents were lining up to buy oxygen tanks for their loved ones.“We haven’t found oxygen yet,” said Lady Savalla in the capital Lima.“I’m worried about my mom more than anything else, because she’s going to need a lot of oxygen and the hospital doesn’t have enough.”Since emerging in China late last year, the new coronavirus has infected nearly 6.5 million people, killed more than 380,000 and wreaked havoc on the global economy as millions were forced into lockdown.The virus was on the rise again in Iran, which reported 3,574 new infections on Thursday, its highest daily toll since the outbreak began in February and the fourth straight day of a caseload over 3,000.While hoping the worst of the health crisis has passed, Europe is struggling to restart its stalled economies without sparking a second wave of infections.The United States remains the hardest-hit nation in the world, with 1.85 million infections and more than 107,000 deaths, and there are fears that the ongoing wave of protests in the country over racism and police brutality could fuel the spread of the virus. RELATED ARTICLES Trump trying to ‘divide’ America, says ex-Pentagon chief Mattis Jun 05, 2020 0 3776 Russian ecosystem needs decade to recover from massive diesel spill Jun 05, 2020 0 1278 Leaders pledge 8.8 billion dollars to fund global vaccine drive Jun 05, 2020 0 238 France cancels Bastille Day parade, replaces with tribute to health workers AFP Paris France on Thursday cancelled the 2020 Bastille Day military parade due to coronavirus social distancing requirements, replacing it with a tribute to health workers fighting the pandemic. Rather than the .. France to transform surplus wine into hand sanitiser PARIS: French winemakers will transform wine that went unsold during the country’s two-month coronavirus lockdown into hand sanitiser and ethanol to make room for the next harvest, a farming agency said on Thursday. .. Trudeau says Canada winning virus fight, advises caution OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared on Thursday that Canada is winning the fight against the new coronavirus, with the latest data showing new cases in decline. But he also warned that the battle is not over .. Britain to require face coverings on public transport from June 15 LONDON: Britain will require passengers to wear masks or other face coverings on public transport from June 15 to curb the spread of coronavirus, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday, a move that a trade .. Bill Gates ‘disappointed’ by US withdrawal from WHO DPA New York Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said he is “disappointed” by the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gates would .. Twitter refuses to rule out suspending Trump’s account LONDON: A top Twitter executive on Thursday refused to rule out suspending Donald Trump’s account if the US president continued posting incendiary messages such as those about the George Floyd protests. Trump has .. Pompeo presses allies to fund Islamic State fight despite budget crunch AFP Washington US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged allies to make up a shortfall in funding to defeat the Islamic State movement despite a budget crunch after the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. .. Protesters welcome new charges in Floyd killing but remain in streets AFP Minneapolis US protesters welcomed new charges brought on Wednesday against Minneapolis officers in the killing of African American man George Floyd -- but thousands still marched in cities across the country for a ..