Glen, Latin America and the numbers of the crisis caused by COVID-19

Oscar Vigil

Toronto, Glen. Everyone agrees that comparisons are always hateful, but nevertheless, when it comes to managing the Coronavirus pandemic, the best way to know if the situation is being well managed in one country is compared to the rest of the countries in the world. And in view of said comparison, Everything indicates that Canada is doing quite well, but not so some Latin American countries.

Until Tuesday 7 July at noon, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, in Canada there was 105,935 registered cases of Coronavirus, 8,693 dead, 69,570 recovered, 27,672 active cases and 2,128 critical cases. These numbers, so in simple, appear to be elevated, but nevertheless, when compared to the total population of the country of 37,747,023 population, numbers tend to be relativized.

Specific, in Canada there have been 2,806 cases per million inhabitants and have died 230 people per million inhabitants, that is to say 23 for every one hundred thousand and, from another perspective, around the 8% of the infected.

Compared, in the United States there has so far been slightly more than 3 millions infected and have died 133,302 people. The rate of contagion is 9,234 people per million inhabitants and the death rate is 403 for every million inhabitants

But the most serious thing about this comparison is probably that while in Canada the number of daily cases rises by an average of 399 per day and die approximately 9 infected per day, in the United States every day they are infected around 50 a thousand people and they die 378 every day. That is the reason why the borders are still closed.

No one doubts that in Canada COVID-19 hit hard, and that the impact was felt mostly in the elderly and particularly in retirement homes. So serious has been the situation, especially in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, that there are ongoing investigations and major changes are expected in the management of these retirement places for seniors.

But nevertheless, the management of the pandemic throughout the country and particularly in some provinces has been exemplary, especially when observing the low number of infected and deaths in proportion to the total population of the country. But it has also been exemplary for the behavior of the political class and the population in general..

The political class largely shed partisan interests and cooperated in the proper management of the pandemic. Obviously nothing is perfect and there has been a misplaced politician who has tried to bring water to his mill at the expense of the health of the population, But those who have committed that sin will undoubtedly pay for it when the next elections arrive..

The one who has benefited the most from the good handling of the crisis has undoubtedly been Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who, in addition to focusing on health protection measures, has also been concerned about the health of the economy and has implemented a series of measures that favor both workers and business owners, especially to small and medium-sized.

A) Yes, has managed to capitalize on a broad popular support that places it in around the 40-42% among voters, what a majority government would augur if the elections were held in the next few days.

Another beneficiary has been the Premier of the province of Ontario, Doug Ford, who in the days before the pandemic had capitalized on a huge negative burden and antipathy from broad sectors of society by making a series of sharp cuts in the province's social areas. His fall in the polls was resounding, but now, although the numbers still do not reflect a solid recovery, public opinion has seen with great sympathy the good management that it has made of the crisis.

The pandemic in Latin America

Unfortunately, in various countries of the continent, the situation is not viewed with very good eyes.: of the top ten countries with the highest numbers of infections and deaths caused by COVID-19, four are Latin American and one more speaks Spanish: Peru, Spain, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. The other five are the United States, India, Russia, England and Iran.

What do these 10 countries? Or those five countries of our continent and / or culture? Nothing really, only that their numbers of infected and dead are extremely high and that the long-term impact generated by this crisis will undoubtedly be very strong with them.

Brazil is the most pathetic with 1,626,071 cases, 65,556 deaths and a case growth rate of approximately 21 thousand a day and 656 dead per day. Here the blame is placed on the president, Jair Bolsonaro, who from the beginning said that COVID-19 was nothing more than a simple flu and refused to take sanitary measures. Now, even he is infected with Coronavirus.

Peru is still on the list, from far, but with important numbers: 305,703 registered cases, 10,296 dead, 2,985 daily new cases and 183 daily deaths. Very close to the numbers of Peru is Spain with 298,869 cases in total and 28,388 deaths. New daily cases are relatively low: 414, like the number of daily deaths: 3, so Spain has already entered a recovery phase in which borders have been opened and many businesses are already operating.

A little further down is Chile with 298,557 cases and 6,384 dead in total. Daily approximately 3,025 new cases and 76 new deaths from the disease.

Finally we have Mexico with 256,848 reported cases and 30,630 dead. The number of cases increases by approximately 4,683 daily cases and in 273 deaths per day. A fundamental difference between Mexico and the rest of the Latin American countries on this list is the size of its population., that is of 128,951,496, that is, it is more than three times larger than the population of Canada.