MIAMI – Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez announced on Thursday that island authorities will implement further restrictive measures due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, once again closing gyms, movie theaters, bars and casinos and preventing the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 7:00 pm.
A curfew will be in effect from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am and everyone age 20-29 will have to remain in their homes, as much as possible, given that this is the cohort of the population hardest hit by the virus in recent weeks.
In Argentina, authorities reported 62 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours along with 3,624 new cases, bringing the death toll to 2,112 and the caseload to 114,783 so far.
In Brazil, health authorities announced on Thursday that it has exceeded the 2 million threshold for confirmed coronavirus cases – registering a total of 2,012,151 since the virus hit the country – 1,322 of them in the past 24 hours.
In Ecuador, authorities registered 71,365 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, more than 1,000 of them detected within the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 71,365 and the death toll to 5,207, with another 3,355 people “probably” having died from the virus.
Meanwhile, Peru reported a total caseload of 341,586 confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday along with a death toll of 12,615. In the past 24 hours, 3,862 new cases have been detected and 198 people have died.
In Colombia, a total of 173,206 people has been infected with COVID-19 as of Thursday, 8.037 in the past 24 hours, and the death toll currently stands at 6,029, with 215 deaths occurring since Wednesday.
In Paraguay, another two deaths from COVID-19 were registered overnight, raising the death toll since the virus first arrived in the South American country to 27, according to the Health Ministry’s daily report. Another 144 virus cases were detected in the past 24 hours, bringing the caseload to 3,342.
In Costa Rica, at the current infection rate, the health care system will collapse by Aug. 14 if measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 are not complied with, according to the president of the National Emergency Commission, Alexander Solis, who added that the average number of new cases being detected per day is 464.