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WHO: South America ‘effectively’ new epicenter for coronavirus

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South America the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.

Last week, Brazil overtook Spain and Italy in total confirmed cases. A few days later, Brazil recorded over 20,000 new cases in a single day, with total confirmed cases surpassing 300,000 on Friday. Only the United States and Russia have counted more cases than Brazil has.

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The rest of the continent has not fared much better, with Chile recording 4,276 new cases on Friday and Peru surpassing 100,000 cases earlier in the week. During an appearance on “Bill Hemmer Reports” Thursday, Dr. Marc Siegel suggested that U.S. officials should keep an eye on the spread of COVID-19 in South America.

Now, WHO appears to agree with Dr. Seigel

“We’ve seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases and clearly there’s a concern across many of those countries, but certainly the most affected is Brazil at this point,” Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program, said at a news briefing on Friday.

“In a sense, South America has become a new epicenter for the disease.”

BOLSONARO EFFECT? MORE BRAZILIANS SEEN DEFYING CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has faced criticism for weeks after he has flat out refused to deal with the pandemic. British medical journal The Lancet published an editorial earlier this month in which it labeled Bolsonaro as “the biggest threat” to Brazil’s efforts to fight the pandemic.

Brazil also recently approved a broad use of hydroxychloroquine, which President Donald Trump has touted and even claimed to be taking despite studies linking an increased risk of death in hospitalized patients taking the drug.

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“The current clinical evidence does not support the widespread use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, not until the trials are completed and we have clearer results,” Ryan said. “In terms of attack rates, the highest attack rates are actually in Amazonas. About 490 persons infected per 100,000 population, which is quite a high attack rate.”

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Brazil has a total of 310,087 cases, Peru has 108,769, Chile has 61,857, Ecuador has 35,828 and Colombia has 18,330. The rest of the continent is suffering in smaller numbers, but the rates of increase are not showing signs of flattening just yet.

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Dr. Siegel warns officials should watch South America ahead of possible coronavirus ‘second wave’

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Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told “Bill Hemmer Reports” Thursday that U.S. officials should keep an eye on the spread of coronavirus in South America as they prepare for a possible second wave of the pandemic in the fall and winter.

“Today, I don’t like what’s coming out of Brazil,” Siegel told host Bill Hemmer. “They have close to 300,000 cases in Brazil … but they’ve had the highest number of cases on record over the last 24 hours, close to 20,000 cases; and Argentina is gearing up.”

Siegel noted that South American countries are currently experiencing conditions that would be the equivalent of late November in the Northern Hemisphere.

The NYU Langone internist added that Australia is having better luck containing the spread of COVID-19, but explained that the government there instituted a lockdown very early on.

“So if I see South America, which is not on lockdown, seeing more cases [in their] late fall, that is when our second wave would be,” Siegel said. “We are looking to them to see what we could anticipate here and their fall is deep fall now and they are seeing a surge of cases.”

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Siegel told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday that he believes lockdown orders don’t work unless they come into effect before a virus is widespread in a particular location. He clarified Thursday that while a second wave of coronavirus in America is not certain, public health should remain vigilant.

“[It] is an evolving situation,” he said. “We have to be looking at it day by day to figure this out.”

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First coronavirus case discovered in Ecuador’s indigenous Amazon tribe: report

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A member of one of Ecuador’s indigenous Amazon tribes has become the first tribesperson in the country to be infected with the coronavirus, health officials announced on Sunday.

The infected person was described as a 17-year-old pregnant woman from the Waorani tribe who started showing symptoms on May 4. She was taken to a hospital in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and placed in isolation, a health ministry statement said.

Ecuador’s federal government worked with indigenous leaders to check on 40 people the woman contacted within the Miwaguno community, according to the Agence France-Presse.

SOME BRAZILIAN CITIES SUDDENLY LOCKDOWN AS CORONAVIRUS CASES SURGE

“Seventeen citizens with a history of respiratory systems were found. To date, six of them have symptoms, so 20 rapid tests and a total of seven nasopharyngeal swabs were performed,” the health ministry said.

The test results and details on the girl’s health have yet to be made public.

Waorani organizations had warned that the impact of COVID-19 on their communities could become “catastrophic and highly lethal,” due to their vulnerability to diseases, according to the news agency. The Miwaguno community has roughly 140 inhabitants.

The Waorani nation has about 2,000 members who live within the modern Orellana, Napo, and Pastaza provinces of Ecuador — located in the far western region of the Amazon.

They traditionally lived as nomadic hunter-gatherers in small clan settlements, according to Amazon Frontlines, a non-profit that works with indigenous peoples to defend their right to live in the Amazon.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic has reached 38 Indigenous groups in Brazil, impacting a fearful population that has a history of being affected by outside diseases.

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Pedro dos Santos, the leader of a community named Park of Indigenous Nations, poses for a photo, in Manaus, Brazil this May. Manaus’ lack of the new coronavirus treatment prompted Pedro dos Santos to drink tea made of chicory root, garlic and lime to combat a high fever that lasted 10 days. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

On Friday, a survey by the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association (APIB) reported 446 cases of the coronavirus and 92 deaths among the groups — most of them located in the Brazilian Amazon.

BRAZIL SURPASSES ITALY, SPAIN AS CORONAVIRUS CASES SURGE IN LATIN AMERICA

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Graves for people who have died in the past month fill a new section of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Manaus, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

“The virus is reaching indigenous territories across Brazil with frightening speed,” APIB said in a statement, according to Al Jazeera.

As of Monday morning, Ecuador had more than 33,182 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 2,736 deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil was described as the center of one of Latin America’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus throughout March and April. Cemeteries ran out of space and families were forced to store their relatives’ dead bodies in their homes or on the streets, Reuters reported.

Attention in the country is now being directed towards Quito, which has 2.8 million residents under strict lockdown.

“Quito’s health system is reaching its limit,” the city’s mayor, Jorge Yunda, said on Friday, according to the news organization.

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In Brazil, the outbreak has grown in recent weeks. The country has seen more than 241,080 coronavirus cases and at least 16,100 deaths from the virus. It’s behind only the U.S., Russia, and the United Kingdom in terms of the total number of cases.

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World’s shortest man regains crown after previous Guinness record holder dies

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The world’s shortest living man regained the Guinness World Records honor this week after the previous record-holder died in January.

Colombian Edward Niño Hernández, 34, was presented with an official certificate on Wednesday in the capital of Bogota alongside his family and orthopedist. He stands at 2 feet, 4 inches tall, indicating a growth spurt.

He was measured at 2 feet, 3 inches tall when he first claimed the record in 2010, according to Guinness.

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Edward Niño Hernández, 34, regained the title of world’s shortest living man this week after the previous record-holder died in January.  (Guinness World Record)

Khagendra Thapa Magar, of Nepal, previously held the record at 2 feet, 2 inches tall. He suddenly died in January, again making Hernandez the shortest living man.

Hernandez, who celebrated his birthday Sunday, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism — a condition in which the thyroid glands don’t produce enough crucial hormones — the two decades after he stopped growing at age 4.

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“I use my smile to conquer the world. I always share my big smile with everyone; that’s my charm,” he said. “I can achieve everything I set my mind to. Everything is possible… Size and height don’t matter. I want people to meet who I truly am: small in size, big in heart.”

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Coronavirus could drive ‘unprecedented’ refugee wave to America’s borders, US official says

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Another side effect of the novel coronavirus could be an “unprecedented” surge in economic refugees at the southern border.

The coronavirus pandemic’s economic devastation may unleash a wave of migration from South America to the United States, the Trump administration’s top foreign aid official told the Washington Examiner in a new interview Tuesday.

John Barsa, the acting administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told the outlet the government is “absolutely” concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak’s potential for driving economic migration.

“If there is economic collapse in a given country, it is only natural that there will be migration flows to places where the economy is more robust,” he said.

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He likened the potential for the pandemic’s enduring consequences to “thunder and lightning.”

“You’ll see the flash first, and then, later on, you’ll hear the thunder,” he told the outlet. “So the here-and-now challenge is on the global health systems and keeping people alive. But the after-effects, the second- and third-order effects, the economic effects, may be the more lasting ones.”

One solution that officials are floating is increasing aid to the region — an idea that has been tried on a lesser scale in the past, including when the U.S. offered more than $10 billion in aid and investment to Mexico and Central American countries in 2018.

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“The activities we’re doing already address economic development issues,” Barsa said. “So what we’re seeing with the COVID pandemic, as countries have greater economic challenges, we may have to double down and help them more on an economic development front.”

The Examiner also cited a second, unnamed official who argued that an “unprecedented” number of refugees could make their way north after “millions and millions” of South Americans lose their jobs in the crisis — but also said they might not consider coming to the U.S. if unemployment here soars to new Great Depression-era levels or higher.

On April 22, President Trump signed an executive order that suspended immigration to the United States for at least 60 days in order to make sure unemployed Americans are “first in line” for new jobs when the economy reopens.

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Some Brazilian cities suddenly lock down as coronavirus cases surge

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Brazilian state and city governments are moving ahead with mandatory lockdowns in defiance of President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

While public health experts are demanding bolder action, most governors and mayors have not imposed mandatory stay-at-home orders. Their reluctance comes amid Bolsonaro’s relentless message for Brazilians to defy regional and local public health efforts to stop the virus’ spread.

After the death toll rose from less than 7,000 to more than 10,000 last week, local authorities began adopting stricter anti-virus measures. But despite the new lockdowns, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo still don’t have mandatory stay-at-home-orders at the state or city level — even though they are the hardest hit places in Brazil.

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An avenue is partially empty amid increased restrictions on movements in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in the Madureira neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP)

Doctors are now being forced to choose who lives and dies, and triage situations could generate social unrest if they increase, said Miguel Lago, executive director of Brazil’s nonprofit Institute for Health Policy Studies.

“We need to avoid a total disaster,” he said.

Lago said mandatory lockdowns across much of the country would help: “It is late in terms of avoiding hospital collapse, but certainly it isn’t too late to avoid a bigger catastrophe.”

Brazil had more than 165,000 confirmed cases on Tuesday, though actual figures are believed to be much higher. Many intensive care hospital units are full, while cemeteries are overwhelmed with bodies.

Bolsonaro, who called the virus a “little flu,” has insisted for more than a month that job losses are more damaging than COVID-19.

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He has encouraged protests against the Supreme Court after it affirmed that local governments can impose lockdowns and coronavirus roadblocks.

Most of the country’s 27 governors have criticized his stance but none have imposed mandatory statewide lockdown measures out of fear of hurting local leaders in this year’s municipal election.

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Public health analysts from the Imperial College London, whose COVID-19 research has guided global policymakers, last week called Brazil’s anti-virus efforts “partially successful.”

“In the absence of the introduction of further control measures that will more strongly curb transmission, Brazil faces the prospect of an epidemic that will continue to grow exponentially,” they wrote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Who is Juan Guaidó? What to know about Venezuela’s opposition leader

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A failed attempt to overthrow Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro last week has sown more discord between his socialist government and the United States in what was an already fraught relationship.

President Trump has denied any U.S. involvement in the doomed coup, which has seen the arrest of two Americans — former Green Berets — for their alleged participation. Maduro has continually accused Washington of trying to kill him.

The U.S., along with 60 other governments, doesn’t recognize Maduro as the leader of Venezuela. Instead, they recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful leader of the oil-rich nation.

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Opposition leader Juan Guaido listens during a legislative session being held at a religious, private school in Caracas, Venezuela, an alternative location due to the government continuously blocking their access to National Assembly chambers. Guaidó said Monday that two U.S.-based political advisers have resigned following a failed incursion into Venezuela aimed at capturing President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

Guaido, 36, is the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela and a fierce critic of Maduro’s socialist policies. Maduro is currently in the middle of his second term as president following a contested 2018 election.

Prior to leading the opposition, Guaido served as an elected legislator in one of Venezuela’s 23 states in 2015. Last year, he called for mass protests to show support for a plan to take over as president amid a humanitarian crisis that has driven millions of Venezuelans to flee the country to search for basic necessities.

“We will stay in the streets until we have freedom for Venezuela,” he told supporters.

He has called for fair elections and said he would serve as interim president until such elections can be carried out. He claims to be the country’s legitimate president because Maduro’s 2018 win has been widely disputed among transparency advocates.

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Before Maduro took over as leader, Guaido protested against his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, the architect of Venezuela’s socialist government.

Following the failed kidnapping of Maduro, Guaido has found himself on the defensive. While denying any involvement in the attack, he has come under pressure to explain what happened. Also, two of Guaido’s U.S.-based political advisers quit amid the fallout.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Coronavirus preventing Venezuelan diaspora from sending money to family back home

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The economic fallout from the coronavirus has left millions of Venezuelans abroad without work and unable to send money back home to their families, humanitarian groups say.

Since 2015, some 5 million Venezuelans alarmed at the country’s economic implosion have migrated to South America, to the U.S. and Europe, according to the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration. Most who stayed behind get by on a minimum wage that’s the equivalent of about $2 a month.

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In this April 30, 2020 photo, Venezuelan migrants wait for buses that will transport them to the Venezuelan border, in Bogota, Colombia.  (AP)

About half of the Venezuelans who emigrated to other South American countries are so-called “informal” sector workers whose jobs were hit hard by the virus’ economic impact and there are few if any social safety nets to help them.

Of the 15 percent of Venezuelans who abandoned their country, about 1.8 million went to neighboring Colombia. Others headed to Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Those who found more success than informal sector workers started businesses and enrolled their children in schools.

But the coronavirus abruptly halted many migrants’ aspirations and limited their ability to help economically hurting relatives back home.

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About 20,000 Venezuelans went home since early March, according to Colombia’s government, which has paid for about 396 bus trips to take them to the Venezuelan border.

Venezuelans abroad in South America are at high risk of infection because they must work in public or remain cooped up in increasingly crowded apartments, said Provash Budden, regional Americas director for the Mercy Corps humanitarian aid group.

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has said Venezuelans are welcomed home, but images shared by the returning migrants suggest otherwise.

Some who arrived at the city of San Cristobal near the border with Colombia last month were held for two weeks in a sports complex under military guard, in tight quarters that made social distancing difficult.

The returning migrants find communities with shuttered hospitals because thousands of doctors and nurses left the country.

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As of Sunday, Venezuela has reported 402 cases of COVID-19 with only 10 deaths, though experts believe the actual number is much higher because so little testing has been done and the type of testing does not reveal recent infections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Global crackdown on stolen art nets thousands of artifacts, more than 100 arrests

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A crackdown on stolen art last autumn — spanning multiple continents — netted around 19,000 artifacts and more than 100 arrests, authorities revealed on Thursday.

The two multinational operations involved officers from Interpol, Europol, the World Customs Organization and many national police forces going after criminal networks that had stolen from museums, archaeological sites and war-torn countries.

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The Spanish National Police recovered a unique pre-Columbian Tumaco gold mask (Interpol)

Many of the artifacts were seized by targeting online sales. The investigation of a single sale online helped the Argentinian Federal Police Force seize around 2,500 ancient coins.

Afghan Customs seized some 971 cultural objects at Kabul airport. The Spanish National Police, working with the Colombian Police, recovered pre-Columbian objects illegally acquired through looting in Colombia.

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Objects seized by Spain’s Guardia Civil. (Interpol)

“The number of arrests and objects show the scale and global reach of the illicit trade in cultural artifacts, where every country with a rich heritage is a potential target,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock. “If you then take the significant amounts of money involved and the secrecy of the transactions, this also presents opportunities for money laundering and fraud as well as financing organized crime networks.”

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Europol Executive Director Catherine de Bolle said warned that cultural antiquities trafficking “is not a glamorous business run by flamboyant gentlemen forgers, but by international criminal networks.”

“You cannot look at it separately from combating trafficking in drugs and weapons: We know that the same groups are engaged, because it generates big money,” she said.

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The two operations involved 300 separate investigations over 103 continents and 101 suspects arrested, Interpol said in a press release.

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Venezuela prison riot kills at least 40, including warden

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A prison riot in Venezuela has left at least 40 dead and 50 others injured, authorities said this week.

Prisoners at the Llanos Penitentiary Center in Guanare demanded that their relatives be allowed to deliver food to them. When guards refused, inmates started to protest.

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The situation quickly escalated, leading to an armed confrontation that resulted in the death of a National Guard officer, who was wounded by an explosion, and the warden, who suffered a knife wound.

Venezuelan Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela confirmed the riot, telling local newspaper Ultimas Noticias that the inmates attacked officers standing guard outside the prison.

The Venezuela prison system is composed of roughly 30 prisons and 500 jails, but the prisons are badly overcrowded, easily exceeding their estimated limit of 110,000 inmates.

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According to the human rights group Venezuelan Prison Observatory, the Guanare prison was built to hold 750 inmates but is filled beyond capacity with 2,500 inmates.

Venezuela has been suffering from a severe economic crisis, which has driven up crime rates and deepened political divides within the country.

An ex-Green Beret recently attempted to infiltrate Venezuela with 300 heavily armed volunteers in an attempt to raid military bases and ignite a rebellion that would result in President Nicolás Maduro’s arrest.

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The plan did not pan out after retired Venezuela Army Gen. Cliver Alcalá was arrested, and the spreading coronavirus pandemic scattered the remnants of their forces.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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