A Little Prayer For Latin America's COVID Victims

Published September 26th, 2020 - 08:30 GMT

Coronavirus cases have been going up sharply in Latin America, although there are signs that the numbers of new cases may be beginning to drop in some countries.

The global pandemic has claimed nearly one million lives, about a third of those in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are bracing for a new wave.

Latin America remains the most affected region in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, with over 8.85 million infections.

Brazil has had more than 4.5 million confirmed cases - the third highest tally in the world after the US and India - and has had the most deaths after the US.

Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Peru have also had major outbreaks, and are in the top 10 countries with the most confirmed cases.

With 28% of the almost 31.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and a third of the more than 974,000 deaths recorded globally, Latin America remains the region most affected by COVID-19. 

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Picture of a photo and jewellery which belonged to Honduran journalist David Romero, head of Globo radio and TV station, who died of complications from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on July 18, taken at his house in Tegucigalpa, on July 22, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Orland

Picture of a photo and jewellery which belonged to Honduran journalist David Romero, head of Globo radio and TV station, who died of complications from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on July 18, taken at his house in Tegucigalpa, on July 22, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Orlando SIERRA / AFP

View of a photo of Peruvian Ernesto Diaz, 55, who died from COVID-19 virus on a shelf of his home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

View of a photo of Peruvian Ernesto Diaz, 55, who died from COVID-19 virus on a shelf of his home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

Peruvian Julizza Navarro, 32, shows a picture of her mother Maribel Diaz (R), 52, and her grandmother Edita Leiva (L), 76, who died from COVID-19, at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

Peruvian Julizza Navarro, 32, shows a picture of her mother Maribel Diaz (R), 52, and her grandmother Edita Leiva (L), 76, who died from COVID-19, at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

Venezuelan Wilmer Hernandez, 44, shows a picture of his father Wilmer Arcadio Hernandez, 63, as he remains connected to an oxygen tank in his home in Villa Maria del Triunfo, south of Lima, Peru, on June 25, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

Venezuelan Wilmer Hernandez, 44, shows a picture of his father Wilmer Arcadio Hernandez, 63, as he remains connected to an oxygen tank in his home in Villa Maria del Triunfo, south of Lima, Peru, on June 25, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

Mexican criminologist Maira de Rosas Silva puts a portrait of her mother, Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on an altar in her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTR

Mexican criminologist Maira de Rosas Silva puts a portrait of her mother, Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on an altar in her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP

View of the bedroom of Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, taken at her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP

View of the bedroom of Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, taken at her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP

View of belongings at the bedroom of late photojournalist Franklin Rivera, 52, who died from COVID-19, in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, on July 13, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

View of belongings at the bedroom of late photojournalist Franklin Rivera, 52, who died from COVID-19, in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, on July 13, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

Peruvian Liset Diaz, 35, holds a painting of her grandmother Edita Leiva -in her youth-, 76, who died from COVID-19 at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

Peruvian Liset Diaz, 35, holds a painting of her grandmother Edita Leiva -in her youth-, 76, who died from COVID-19 at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

Picture of a photo and jewellery which belonged to Honduran journalist David Romero, head of Globo radio and TV station, who died of complications from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on July 18, taken at his house in Tegucigalpa, on July 22, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Orland
View of a photo of Peruvian Ernesto Diaz, 55, who died from COVID-19 virus on a shelf of his home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Peruvian Julizza Navarro, 32, shows a picture of her mother Maribel Diaz (R), 52, and her grandmother Edita Leiva (L), 76, who died from COVID-19, at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Venezuelan Wilmer Hernandez, 44, shows a picture of his father Wilmer Arcadio Hernandez, 63, as he remains connected to an oxygen tank in his home in Villa Maria del Triunfo, south of Lima, Peru, on June 25, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Mexican criminologist Maira de Rosas Silva puts a portrait of her mother, Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on an altar in her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTR
View of the bedroom of Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, taken at her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP
View of belongings at the bedroom of late photojournalist Franklin Rivera, 52, who died from COVID-19, in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, on July 13, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP
Peruvian Liset Diaz, 35, holds a painting of her grandmother Edita Leiva -in her youth-, 76, who died from COVID-19 at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Picture of a photo and jewellery which belonged to Honduran journalist David Romero, head of Globo radio and TV station, who died of complications from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on July 18, taken at his house in Tegucigalpa, on July 22, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Orland
Picture of a photo and jewellery which belonged to Honduran journalist David Romero, head of Globo radio and TV station, who died of complications from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on July 18, taken at his house in Tegucigalpa, on July 22, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Orlando SIERRA / AFP
View of a photo of Peruvian Ernesto Diaz, 55, who died from COVID-19 virus on a shelf of his home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
View of a photo of Peruvian Ernesto Diaz, 55, who died from COVID-19 virus on a shelf of his home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Peruvian Julizza Navarro, 32, shows a picture of her mother Maribel Diaz (R), 52, and her grandmother Edita Leiva (L), 76, who died from COVID-19, at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Peruvian Julizza Navarro, 32, shows a picture of her mother Maribel Diaz (R), 52, and her grandmother Edita Leiva (L), 76, who died from COVID-19, at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Venezuelan Wilmer Hernandez, 44, shows a picture of his father Wilmer Arcadio Hernandez, 63, as he remains connected to an oxygen tank in his home in Villa Maria del Triunfo, south of Lima, Peru, on June 25, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Venezuelan Wilmer Hernandez, 44, shows a picture of his father Wilmer Arcadio Hernandez, 63, as he remains connected to an oxygen tank in his home in Villa Maria del Triunfo, south of Lima, Peru, on June 25, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Mexican criminologist Maira de Rosas Silva puts a portrait of her mother, Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on an altar in her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTR
Mexican criminologist Maira de Rosas Silva puts a portrait of her mother, Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on an altar in her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP
View of the bedroom of Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, taken at her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP
View of the bedroom of Mexican nurse Juana Silva Isidoro, who died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, taken at her house in Xochimilco neighbourhood in Mexico City on August 16, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP
View of belongings at the bedroom of late photojournalist Franklin Rivera, 52, who died from COVID-19, in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, on July 13, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP
View of belongings at the bedroom of late photojournalist Franklin Rivera, 52, who died from COVID-19, in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, on July 13, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP
Peruvian Liset Diaz, 35, holds a painting of her grandmother Edita Leiva -in her youth-, 76, who died from COVID-19 at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Peruvian Liset Diaz, 35, holds a painting of her grandmother Edita Leiva -in her youth-, 76, who died from COVID-19 at her home in Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru on August 11, 2020. Global deaths from the coronavirus have almost reached on September 25, 2020 the grim threshold of one million. Around one-third of fatalities were in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are preparing for a further onslaught. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP