As the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe continues to subsume, global attention is likely to shift more to both Americas.
In the United States and Canada the spread of the virus seems to have peaked. Compared to Europe in these countries there is still a clear trend towards a gradual whithering of the virus.
Meanwhile in Latin America the most difficult period seems to be coming right now. Although there are only two members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in the region – Mexico and Chile – their trends suggest that here the biggest challenges may lie ahead.
While official figures from these countries still show a much better situation than in many European countries, there are reports from Mexico for example that the actual number of deaths from COVID-19 here could be as much as 5 times higher than officially announced.
However, the states in the region seem to adopt completely different stances. While even official figures in Chile show a much better situation than in Mexico, the country’s capital, Santiago, home to more than a third of the country’s population, has just been subjected to strict quarantine these days. Meanwhile in Mexico there is talk that quarantine requirements will be relaxed from next week.
More numbers and possible comparisons can be found in the charts here.