Latin America Covid-19 Roundup: March 21, 2020

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The main Covid-19 headlines in Latin America:

?? Argentina. Citizens prohibited from leaving their homes until March 31. (El País, in Spanish)

?? Peru. President Martín Vizcarra confirmed Peru’s first four coronavirus victims. Amid the crisis, he changed his Health Minister. (El Comercio, in Spanish)

?? Panama. Roughly 300 people are trapped in a music festival in Playa Chiquita. They can’t leave the premises at least until March 23. Our own Lucas Berti described this—and other bizarre Covid-19 stories in Latin America.

?? Paraguay. President Mario Abdo Benítez ordered the closure of the “Friendship Bridge” that connects Brazil and Paraguay—crossed by 40,000 vehicles and 100,000 pedestrians every day. (Al Jazeera English)

?? Ecuador: The government said at least 17 doctors tested positive for coronavirus. (La Hora, in Spanish)

?? Chile: The coronavirus crisis made the Chilean government postpone the new constitutional referendum, previously scheduled for April. The plebiscite will happen in September. (The Guardian)