MONDAY, May 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The COVID-19 death toll in Latin America and the Caribbean has surpassed 1 million, Johns Hopkins University data show.

The region has only 8 percent of the world’s population, but has accounted for about 29 percent of COVID-19 deaths worldwide, according to CBS News.

Brazil’s death toll of more than 446,000 is the highest in the region (44.5 percent of Latin America’s deaths) and the second highest in the world, behind only the United States. Mexico has the second highest number of deaths in Latin America with more than 221,000, and the fourth highest number of deaths in the world.

“This is a tragic milestone for everyone in the region,” Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa Etienne said Friday in a statement, CBS News reported. “This pandemic is far from over, and it is hitting Latin America and the Caribbean severely, affecting our health, our economies, and entire societies.”

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