Surging Coronavirus Cases Push Latin America ‘to the Limit’

Andre Penner/Associated Press

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the director of the Pan American Health Organization, warns that the unfolding crisis had “pushed our region to the limit.” Across Latin America, cases are surging in both countries which had implemented early isolation efforts – like Peru, as well as those who had ignored recommendations, such as Brazil, according to a New York Times database. Many countries are under significant pressure to loosen lockdown protocols, one of the reasons being that many citizens require daily income in order to provide food for their family. In Brazil, the crisis has grown so intense that some of the country’s most powerful military figures are warning of instability and a looming “rupture” in the country’s democratic system. The idea of increasing military presence is supported by President Jair Bolsonaro and his inner circle, including his son who has publicly praised the former military dictatorship, which had only ended in the 1980’s.

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Summary by: Sophia Duong