Latin America Covid-19 News Roundup: May 20, 2020

Bolivia Health Minister Marcelo Navajas arrested for overpriced ventilators
Bolivia Health Minister Marcelo Navajas. Photo: FatoAmazonico

?? Bolivia. Health Minister Marcelo Navajas was fired — and arrested — due to a scandal of overpriced ventilators purchased by the government. (El Deber, Bolivia, in Spanish)

?? Argentina. The government says there’s a “big chance” it will extend quarantine deadlines, scheduled for May 22. (CNBC)

?? Colombia. President Iván Duque extends lockdown until May 31. The state of public health emergency and international travel bans are upheld until August 31. (Colombia Report)

?? Chile. Coronavirus cases top the 53,000 mark. Health Ministry says the worst is yet to come. (WTVB)

?? Peru. Unlike Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Peru’s Martín Vizcarra acted swiftly against the coronavirus. So what went wrong? (The Guardian)

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