Latin America Covid-19 News Roundup: Jul. 24, 2020

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Anti-AMLO protest in Cancún. Photo: Esmaragdo Camaz/Shutterstock

?? Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador faces criticism after playing down the importance of facemasks: “if a mask was an option for reactivating the economy, I’d put one on immediately.” Mexico has more than 41,000 Covid-19 deaths. (Global News)

?? Argentina. Buenos Aires Governor Axel Kicillof confirms a daily USD 6 stipend to encourage people to stay at home. (BA Times)

?? Peru. Last remaining Peruvian ski workers stuck at a U.S. resort due to the pandemic finally head home. (Chron)

?? Venezuela. Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami announced he has “beaten” the coronavirus. Besides him, the virus has infected at least three other Venezuelan authorities. (Notiamerica, in Spanish)

?? Chile. With 340,000 Covid-19 cases (including 2,000 new ones over the past 24 hours), Chile has the highest rate of cases per 1 million inhabitants: 17.5. Brazil, which leads the region in absolute cases and deaths, has a 10.6 rate. (Notiamerica, in Spanish)

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