Men get tested for COVID-19 aboard a trajinera, one of the colorful wooden boats popular with tourists and revellers, in the Xochimilco district of Mexico City [File: Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo]

Latin America has started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic still requires major control interventions, World Health Organization Regional Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus cases in Colombia’s border area with Venezuela have increased tenfold in the last two weeks, Etienne said in a virtual briefing from Washington with other Pan American Health Organization directors.

Death rates are climbing in parts of Mexico, and similar trends are seen in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Bolivia, with similar patterns also emerging in areas of Argentina, she

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