By BBC News
Mexico and Peru, which are Latin America's worst-affected countries after Brazil, are both expected to surpass more than half a million confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday.
Mexico registered 6,686 new cases on Wednesday to reach 498,380. The capital, Mexico City, has the highest number of infections, followed by the surrounding Mexico state, Guanajuato and Tabasco.
The country has also seen its unemployment rate rise as a result of the pandemic. Official figures suggest that on average more than five jobs have been lost every minute between March and July.
Peru had a new daily record high with 8,875, reaching 498,555 on Wednesday. Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said the number of children who've been infected has gone up since the lockdown was lifted. She said that in total 81 children had died of Covid-related diseases from the 23,000 children who had tested positive.
She also announced that a total lockdown would be in force on the next two Sundays to curb the spread of infections.
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