Latin American and Caribbean COVID-19 deaths top 150,000

Peru has been of the countries hardest hit by coronavirus

Coronavirus cases have been rising sharply in Latin American countries, contributing to record numbers of new infections being registered globally.

Brazil has had more than 1.7 million confirmed cases – the second highest in the world after the US.

Other countries in the region, including Mexico, Chile and Peru are also battling major outbreaks.

Latin America and the Caribbean topped 150,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, almost half of which have been recorded in Brazil, a tally by AFP showed.

The region, with 3,540,060 total cases and 151,022 fatalities, is the area second-hardest-hit after Europe, where a total of 203,793 people have died.