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LATIN AMERICA | 27-05-2021 18:50

Uruguay surpasses 4,000 Covid-19 deaths

Uruguay surpassed 4,000 Covid-19 deaths this Wednesday, making it the country in the world with the highest number of deaths caused by the virus in the past 14 days.

Uruguay surpassed 4,000 Covid-19 deaths this Wednesday, making it the country in the world with the highest number of deaths caused by the virus in the past 14 days according to AFP figures.

The National System of Emergencies reported 49 deaths today, bringing the total to 4,022 deaths since March 2020.

Although with this figure its total rate of deaths (115 per 100,000 habitants) stays below the rates observed in its neighbours Brazil (213) and Argentina (166), their figures worsened significantly over the past two weeks.

With 22.2 deaths per 100,000 habitants in the last 14 days, Uruguay leads the world ranking of deaths by Covid-19 for the period, followed by Paraguay and Argentina according to an AFP count based on official figures.

In terms of pandemic management, the country of 3.5 million people never resorted to lockdown and kept much of its activities in operation.

The government of Luis Lacalle Pou is betting high on vaccination, which has picked up at a good pace since it began on March 1 this year.

In the South American country, 47 per cent of the population have already received a dose of the Sinovac, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines, and 28 percent have received both.

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