South America has become an 'epicenter' of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil the hardest-hit country, the World Health Organization's Mike Ryan said on Friday
Brazil's health ministry announced that 330,890 people have contracted the virus and 21,048 have died as cases continued to surge in Latin America's largest country. Brazil is now third in the world in the number of cases after the US and Russia.
"In a sense South America has become a new epicenter for the disease," Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergency expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is "clearly the most affected".
Ryan noted Brazilian authorities have approved the broad use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. He reiterated that current clinical evidence does not support the unproven drug's widespread use against the new disease, given its risks.
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