The Numbers Don’t Add up

“Multiple hotspots” of COVID-19 are emerging in Latin America, warned Carissa Etienne, head of WHO's Pan American Health Organization. As cases continue to climb, modeling projections predict steep increases to come in some countries, CIDRAP reports. But undercounts continue to skew the data and spur confusion.
 
In Manaus–one of Brazil’s hardest-hit cities—deaths in April and May are nearly triple the usual number, AP reports. But many of those dying have not been tested for COVID-19—and won’t be counted as COVID-19 deaths. Confusion around causes of death can fuel COVID-19 denialism in a country where the president is also outwardly hostile to lockdown measures.
 
Undercounts are also skewing the picture in Venezuela, where Human Rights Watchis calling for a full UN-led humanitarian response. In a new survey, 64.2% of Venezuelan health workers reported that their hospitals had only intermittent access to potable water.

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