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Latin America Covid-19 News Roundup: May 20, 2020

. May 20, 2020
Bolivia Health Minister Marcelo Navajas arrested for overpriced ventilators Bolivia Health Minister Marcelo Navajas. Photo: FatoAmazonico

🇧🇴 Bolivia. Health Minister Marcelo Navajas was fired — and arrested — due to a scandal of overpriced ventilators purchased by the government. (El Deber, Bolivia, in Spanish)

🇦🇷 Argentina. The government says there’s a “big chance” it will extend quarantine deadlines, scheduled for May 22. (CNBC)

🇨🇴 Colombia. President Iván Duque extends lockdown until May 31. The state of public health emergency and international travel bans are upheld until August 31. (Colombia Report)

🇨🇱 Chile. Coronavirus cases top the 53,000 mark. Health Ministry says the worst is yet to come. (WTVB)

🇵🇪 Peru. Unlike Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Peru’s Martín Vizcarra acted swiftly against the coronavirus. So what went wrong? (The Guardian)

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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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