Latin America: COVID-19 cases 2020, by country

The Latin American country that has been affected the most by the COVID-19 coronavirus disease is Brazil. As of September 11 2020, the country has reported more than 4.2 million cases. It was followed by Peru, with 710 thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19. In total, the region has registered more than eight million diagnosed patients, as well as a growing number of fatal COVID-19 cases.

A global pandemic

On March 11 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. With nearly 180 thousand cases confirmed among 155 countries, as well as five thousand deaths registered in over 45 countries, this was not surprising. However, according to a survey carried out in some of the most affected countries, on average 30 percent of respondents believed the media had exaggerated the extent of the virus.

Preventive measures in Latin America

In order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 disease, most Latin American countries have adopted measures to improve governmental capacity. In addition, in order to prevent further spread, preventive measures have also been settled. For example, most countries have canceled massive events, as well as school and university classes. Also, countries like Chile and Colombia have closed their borders and restrict transit of foreign travelers.

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Latin America and the Caribbean as of September 11, 2020, by country

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

As of September 11, 2020

Supplementary notes

Release date according to the date of access.

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