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Latin America tops four million coronavirus cases

Montevideo - More than four million coronavirus cases have been recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean, half of them in Brazil, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

Uruguay's foreign minister resigns

Montevideo - Uruguay's Foreign Minister Ernesto Talvi, who shot to international prominence when he oversaw the repatriation of foreign passengers from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, announced his resignation Wednesday.

Coronavirus decimating indigenous Latin American communities

Montevideo - Indigenous people in Latin America have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect.

LatAm virus cases top 1.5mn as markets fear second wave

Montevideo - A worrying social crisis is brewing in Latin America where the coronavirus pandemic is spiralling, experts are warning, as fears of a second wave in the United States sent shivers through global markets.More than 1.

Latin America's slums facing losing battle against virus spread

Montevideo - As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, Latin America's slum dwellers waited defenseless in its path. Now, with the region becoming the new epicenter of the crisis, the virus is unleashing destruction on its most vulnerable populations.

Latin America and Caribbean record 500,000 virus cases

Montevideo - Latin America and the Caribbean have recorded more than half a million coronavirus infections, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Crew from virus-hit liner disembark in Uruguay

Montevideo - More than 60 crew members from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Greg Mortimer were allowed on Tuesday to disembark in Uruguay to quarantine in two hotels.The crew began disembarking onto buses at around midday.

Uruguay allows crew of virus-hit liner to disembark

Montevideo - The crew of coronavirus-hit cruise ship Greg Mortimer -- among them dozens ill with COVID-19 -- will be allowed to disembark in Uruguay to quarantine in hotels, the government said Monday.

Famous Andes crash survivor building virus ventilators

Montevideo - Roberto Canessa survived a plane crash in the Andes and 72 days battling extreme weather, hunger and the fear of dying while stranded in a frozen mountain range.

More than 100,000 coronavirus infections in Latin America: AFP tally

Montevideo - The number of coronavirus infections across Latin America surpassed 100,000 on Sunday with nearly 5,000 deaths, according to an AFP tally based on official figures reported by individual countries.

Final passengers from virus-stricken cruise ship leave Uruguay

Montevideo - The final 15 passengers who had been aboard a coronavirus-hit cruise ship that spent two weeks stranded off the coast of Uruguay flew to the United States on Wednesday, the country's foreign minister said.

Last passengers of virus-hit cruise ship off Uruguay will be evacuated to US

Montevideo - The remaining passengers of a coronavirus-hit cruise ship that spent two weeks stranded off the coast of Uruguay will be evacuated to the United States, the US Embassy said Tuesday.

Passengers from virus-infected cruise ship leave for Australia

Montevideo - More than 100 Australians and New Zealanders left Uruguay on a chartered flight after two weeks stranded aboard a virus-infected cruise ship, Montevideo's Carrasco airport said Saturday.

Stranded liner evacuation to follow 'strict measures'

Montevideo - The evacuation of 112 Australian and New Zealander passengers from a stranded cruise ship infested with the coronavirus will take place "under strict sanitary measures," Uruguay's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Virus-stricken Australian liner to dock in Montevideo

Montevideo - The virus-stricken Australian cruise ship Greg Mortimer will be allowed to dock in Montevideo and the passengers will be flown home, Uruguay's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Australian couple with 'pneumonia' evacuated from stranded liner

Montevideo - An Australian couple suffering from a deteriorating COVID-19 condition were evacuated from a cruise ship stranded off the coast of Uruguay and taken to hospital, the Uruguayan navy said on Wednesday.

Uruguay approves flight to evacuate Aussies, Kiwis from infected ship

Montevideo - Uruguay said Tuesday it has authorized a humanitarian flight to evacuate Australian and New Zealand passengers stranded on a coronavirus infected cruise ship.

Australian liner facing growing coronavirus crisis off Uruguay

Montevideo - An Australian cruise ship off South America faced a growing crisis Monday with more than 80 mostly-elderly passengers and crew battling COVID-19, the cruise company and Uruguayan officials said.

Coronavirus spreads in Latin America as cases pass 20,000

Montevideo - More than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 were registered in Latin America and the Caribbean by Wednesday -- double the figure from five days ago, according to an AFP tally.

Colombia goes into lockdown, Chile extends school closures

Montevideo - Countries across Latin America have tightened measures to halt the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, with more lockdowns, border and school closures as well as increased aid to the region's poorest.
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