Nicaragua turns a blind eye to Covid-19

Daniel Ortega's regime has refused to employ restrictions on movement and transparency of official coronavirus figures is put in doubt

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One of Latin America’s most unstable countries of the current moment is Nicaragua, a nation of 6 million people sandwiched between Costa Rica and Honduras. Just like Venezuela, the country is ruled by a long-standing left-wing regime, where freedom of the press is scarce and political prisoners are many. But unlike Venezuela — which has been finding its way into headlines around the world — the repression under Daniel Ortega’s government doesn’t draw so much attention. 

However, as the coronavirus outbreak surpasses 100 deaths in Latin America, Nicaragua is shaping up to become a disaster within a disaster, with scarce...

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