Coronavirus cases surge across Latin America

ABC News' senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell reports on the concerns over rising infections.
2:28 | 05/23/20

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Brazil. ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is in Mexico City with the concerns over rising infections there. Ian, good morning to you. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, whit. That's right. Latin America is now the new global epicenter of this pandemic. Here in Mexico we're seeing record numbers of cases. In fact, we've just seen the highest number of deaths being reported but some controversy over that tally with some suggestions by an independent research group that the real number could be as many as three times higher. As in many other cases, we're seeing hospitals and morgues nearing capacity. This last week we visited two crematoriand saw the caseloads rising. They usedto deal with four to five bodies a day now 25 operating 24 hours a day seven days a week and still there is a backlog but as you say the situation further south in Brazil is far worse. It now has the fastest growth rate in the world and has overtaken Russia to become the second highest infection rate only behind the United States. There we're seeing hospitals overflowing, morgues overflowing, mass graves being dug and political controversy over Brazilian president bolsonaro who dismissed covid-19, calling it a little flu. Also controversy over his advocacy of the anti-malarial drug, the one president trump has been taking. The W.H.O. Saying there's no evidence it helps and could in fact be detrimental. Whit? A lack of testing in that area as well. Also, a sense of a threat of how much infections where you are could pose to the U.S.? Reporter: Yeah, undoubtedly there is a threat on both sides many people feel that land border is completely closed. That's not the case. There is still traffic passing through. One truck driver reporting this week that there were no tests as he entered America. Again, air travel is going on. We're seeing undocumented migrants being send back. Guatemala complaining some arriving with positive for covid-19 so there are risks from land and air travel running in both directions to America right now and I think the question this morning is whether or not president trump will enact a travel ban on Brazil as he's threatened to do and is actively considering. Whit? Something to watch in the weeks ahead. Ian Pannell in Mexico City for us, thank you.

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