At least 8,000,202 infections including 435,176 deaths, mostly in Europe, have been registered since the pandemic first emerged in China late last year.The number of confirmed cases likely represents only a fraction of the real number because most countries are only testing the most serious cases or have limited testing capacity. Topics : In Brazil, a country of 212 million, 888,271 people have been infected — more than in all of Asia.Mexico, which has a population of 120 million, has Latin America’s second-highest death toll, with 17,141 fatalities out of 146,837 cases.Peru has recorded 6,688 deaths while Chile, which has seen an acceleration in recent weeks, has nearly 180,000 cases and 3,362 deaths.More than eight million cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide. Latin America and the Caribbean on Monday passed 80,000 COVID-19 deaths, more than half in Brazil as the virus accelerates across the region, according to an AFP count based on official figures.Since the disease first spread in Latin America in March, a total of 80,505 deaths have been recorded, 43,959 of them in Brazil which has the world’s second-highest number of fatalities after the United States.The number of cases reported in Latin America and the Caribbean now stands at 1,681,378.
The Herald Sun 26 July 2012Children whose parents regularly read to them when they are young are likely to perform better in NAPLAN, a landmark study says. The Australian Institute of Family Studies surveyed thousands of children and found that solid foundations for reading at the ages of four and five was linked to higher literacy scores. Mini-bookworms who were read to often, surrounded by books at home and visited the library, were the best off, researchers Killian Mullan and Galina Daraganova found. While the study dealt with children aged four and up, experts say parents can start on the path to developing literacy skills from birth. The research used data from a longitudinal study of nearly 5000 children, using time-diaries when they were aged 4-5 and then 10-11.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/good-readers-make-better-students/story-fndo317g-1226433267615