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South America has become new COVID-19 epicenter, WHO says

South America has become new COVID-19 epicenter, WHO says

THe World Health Organization announced Friday that South America has become a new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the WHO said some African countries are seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases, but the death toll has remained relatively low.

GENEVA (Reuters) - South America has become a new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

The virus has now spread to every country in the continent since the first case was confirmed in the region 14 weeks ago," the WHO said in a statement, noting there were 3,100 confirmed deaths on the vast continent.

Nine African countries had 50% rises in cases in the past week, while others have seen a decline or have stable rates, Ryan said.

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