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Latin America Tops 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths as Brazilian President Ordered to Wear Mask in Public

HeadlineJun 24, 2020

Global confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 9.2 million, with nearly half a million deaths from COVID-19. Latin America’s regional death toll officially surpassed 100,000 Tuesday. In Brazil, a judge has ordered far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public, or he’ll face a fine of nearly $400 per violation. This comes as Bolsonaro continues to attend massive political rallies across Brazil, which recorded nearly 40,000 new cases Tuesday — the worst infection rate in the world. This comes as Mexican health officials announced a daily record of over 4,500 new coronavirus infections. The European Union is preparing to reopen its borders to travelers from dozens of countries, except for people traveling from the United States, who may be barred due to the country’s high rates of infection. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia announced it will bar travelers from abroad who were planning to attend the hajj this year amid the pandemic, marking the first time in modern history Muslims from around the world will not be allowed to make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

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