Argentina has passed one million coronavirus cases and it is now smaller cities like Ushuaia – known as “The End of the World” at the edge of the country – that are seeing some of the most notable upticks.
Reports say Doctors have had to quadruple the number of beds for COVID-19 patients over the last month.
Across Latin America, three other nations are expected to reach a million-case milestone in the coming weeks – Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
The grim mark comes as Latin America continues to register some of the world’s highest daily case counts.
According to reports some nations have seen notable declines, overall there has been little relief, with cases dropping in one municipality only to escalate in another.
Argentina has seen cases spiral despite instituting one of the world’s longest lockdowns.
Colombia’s large cities have seen a dip, but smaller areas like the department of Caldas in the coffee region are reaching a peak only now.
Peru’s overall numbers have dropped, but officials recently reported cases are spiking again in 12 regions.
Mexico, likewise, has seen a rise in a quarter of all states over the last week.
The virus’s cruel path through Latin America is a consequence of weak public health systems, poverty and poor government decisions early on that resulted in flawed or limited testing and little contact tracing.
Today, the region is home to half of the 10 countries with the highest total cases around the globe.
Throughout the region, testing remains a hurdle.