Latin America Covid-19 Roundup: March 23, 2020

. Mar 23, 2020
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Covid-19 cases in Latin America now amount to roughly 6,000. Chile has registered the country’s first death—and the government has imposed a curfew. Here are some of the region’s main headlines:

🇨🇱 Chile. As a symbolic measure, ministers discuss a voluntary reduction in their wages for the next six months, through a proposal by Finance Minister Ignacio Briones. (CNN Chile, in Spanish)

🇵🇦 Panama. Two new deaths registered by the government. One of the victims was a 13-year-old girl. (La Estrella, in Spanish)

🇦🇷 Argentina. Economy Minister Martín Guzmán asked G20 members to act to avoid a global collapse. (Nasdaq)

🇨🇺 Cuba. Cuba is sending its medics to Lombardy after the Covid-19 death toll in Italy nears 5,500. (Al Jazeera)

🇪🇨Ecuador. Ecuador’s health and labor ministers resigned on Saturday, just hours after officials announced the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus had shot up to over 500 in the country. Ecuador is 13 times smaller than Brazil—but the Covid-19 death toll in the country has shot up to 17 (against Brazil’s 34 deaths). (U.S. News & World Report)

Lucas Berti

Lucas Berti covers international affairs — specialized in Latin American politics and markets. He has been published by Opera Mundi, Revista VIP, and The Intercept Brasil, among others.

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