Latin America

The coronavirus collapse in Paraguay continues to get worse

The government in Paraguay escaped collapse following protests over its handling of the pandemic. One month later, it has given few answers

Paraguay vaccine covid crisis
Health officials administer vaccines to residents of a nursing home in Luque, on the outskirts of capital Asunción. Photo: Minsal/PAR

A month ago, President Mario Abdo Benítez of Paraguay narrowly escaped an impeachment vote following a series of violent protests against his administration’s pandemic response. Weeks have passed and the government has still been unable to meet people’s demands — and the health crisis is getting even worse. Authorities fear the worst of the pandemic is still ahead and vaccination campaigns are progressing at a snail’s pace — only 1.1 percent of Paraguayans have received at least one shot of immunizer so far.

The tiny landlocked nation of 7 million people has confirmed over 257,000 coronavirus infections and 5,600 deaths — but...

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