The number of coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed six million on Sunday.
This comes as Brazil registered another record surge in daily infections and Nigeria also recorded its highest figures.
Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the virus spreads rapidly across the region.
This contrasts to other parts of the world where the pace has eased and permitted a cautious exit from lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs.
In Brazil, the epicenter of South America’s outbreak with nearly 500,000 confirmed cases, disagreement among its leaders over lockdown measures has hindered efforts to reduce virus that has claimed nearly 30,000 lives.
President Jair Bolsonaro, who fears the economic fallout from stay-at-home orders will be worse than the virus, has rebuked governors and mayors for imposing what he calls “the tyranny of total quarantine.”