Coronavirus

How did Uruguay go from pandemic success story to near-collapse?

Uruguay avoided a coronavirus crisis in 2020, but now sees a rapid surge of cases. A new mass vaccination plan plans to curb the spread

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School in Uruguay: distanced students in masks. Photo: @compresidencia/Twitter

Throughout 2020, Uruguay was a figurative island in South America. As the region became the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation of 3.5 million people managed to avoid a Covid-19 collapse, having among the world’s lowest per capita death rates. But this fell apart in 2021.

A continuous increase in case numbers has caused panic in Uruguay. On Wednesday, President Luis Lacalle Pou announced a mass vaccination campaign will take place at the end of the month in an attempt to contain the spread.

On Sunday, Uruguay surpassed Brazil as having the highest number of new coronavirus...

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