Latin America

While fighting the pandemic, El Salvador beats malaria

The country is now officially malaria-free, after a history of chaos and suffering at the hands of the mosquito-borne disease

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Health inspector examines a stream in El Salvador. Photo: Minsal/ES

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Central American nation of El Salvador has employed an iron first response to the coronavirus. The government imposed curfews, lockdowns, and closed its borders with the backing of President Nayib Bukele, who was criticized for using heavy-handed restrictions as an opening for a violent crackdown on organized crime.

While the zeal and potential illegality of these measures is debated, El Salvador has so far managed to avoid the overburdening of its health system.

One of Latin America’s poorest nations, it has recorded less than 60,000 total cases and 1,832 deaths....

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