BOGOTA, Sept 17 -- Latin America has begun a return to normal too soon, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director Carissa Etienne warned Wednesday.
"Latin America has begun to resume almost normal social and public life at a time when COVID-19 still requires major control interventions," said Etienne, speaking in a virtual briefing from Washington, Anadolu Agency reported.
Etienne said coronavirus cases in Colombia’s border area with Venezuela have increased and death rates are climbing in parts of Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Argentina.
"We must be clear that opening up too early gives this virus more room to spread and puts our populations at greater risk. Look no further than Europe," she said.
Latin America has recorded more than 8.4 million coronavirus cases and over 315,000 deaths, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University.
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