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Pandemic pushes millions of shoppers online in Latin America

Mexico - Latin America's e-commerce industry is booming as millions of shoppers across the region venture online during the pandemic, many for the first time, forcing traditional businesses to adapt to survive.

Latin American leaders push at UN for free Covid vaccine

New York - Latin American leaders have appealed at the United Nations for free access to a future Covid-19 vaccine, urging major powers to share their know-how for the sake of global well-being.

Latin America's virus victims, and the spaces they leave behind

Mexico - An untouched exercise bike, a guitar that has gone silent, an empty couch -- these are just a few of the cherished possessions and everyday habits that tell the story of those who have died from Covid-19.

Pandemic threatens to undo a decade of Latin American progress

Montevideo - Almost six months after it was first detected in Latin America, the coronavirus death toll has reached 250,000 and exacerbated poverty and inequality, threatening to undo a decade of slow social progress.Among the 620 million people in the region, 6.

Pandemic scuppers Latin America coming-of-age quinceaneras

Montevideo - The coronavirus pandemic has robbed millions of Latin American teenage girls of their 15th birthday parties, a coming-of-age ritual that many had been planning for months and even years.

Young Latinos vent pandemic fury after lost 2020

Montevideo - For four young adults across Latin America, 2020 was meant to be a year of freedom and opportunity. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic brought confinement and frustration.

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.

Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty: UN

New York - The COVID-19 pandemic could push 45 million people from the middle classes into poverty in already economically troubled Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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.

Virus 'hunger pandemic' threatens Latin America: UN

Geneva - The coronavirus crisis is pushing 40 million people into food insecurity in South and Central America and the Caribbean, the UN warned Tuesday, calling for urgent action to avert a "hunger pandemic".

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.

Virus spread 'still accelerating' in Brazil, Peru, Chile: WHO

Washington - International health authorities expressed concern Tuesday over signs the spread of the new coronavirus is still accelerating in Brazil, Peru and Chile.

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.

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.

Coronavirus could spark second LatAm 'lost decade': IMF

Washington - The coronavirus pandemic may spark another "lost decade" in Latin America, the IMF said on Thursday.

US plans new aid to Central America, year after Trump cutoff

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration said Monday it would seek new aid for Central America in recognition of efforts to curb emigration, a year after abruptly cutting off assistance.

UN predicts 'deep recession' in LatAm due to virus

Santiago - Latin America is heading into "a deep recession" in 2020, with an expected drop in the region's GDP of 1.8 to 4.0 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN economic commission for the region said Friday.

UN predicts 'deep recession' in LatAm due to virus

Santiago - Latin America is heading into "a deep recession" in 2020, with an expected drop in the region's GDP of 1.8 to 4.0 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN economic commission for the region said Friday.

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.

Panama orders lockdown, Paraguay closes borders

Montevideo - Panama became the latest Latin American country to declare a lockdown due to the novel coronavirus Tuesday, while Paraguay closed its borders until the end of the week.

Prison riot kills 23 in Colombia as Chile enforces virus curfew

Montevideo - Panic over the spread of the coronavirus sparked a prison riot in Colombia that killed 23 inmates on Sunday, as Chile became the latest Latin American country to announce restrictions on movement.

Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectations

Montevideo - Cuba and Bolivia announced on Friday they were closing their borders while Brazil drastically slashed its growth projections for 2020 over the coronavirus pandemic.

Chile calls 'state of catastrophe' as Latin America fights virus

Montevideo - Chile declared a "state of catastrophe" and delayed a constitutional referendum while several countries announced nighttime curfews as Latin America expanded its coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday.

South American football off as coronvirus tightens grip

Montevideo - South American football's governing body postponed its flagship Copa America contest Tuesday as Brazil recorded its first coronavirus death in an escalating outbreak that has begun to grip the continent as tightly as other devastated regions.

Chile closes borders as Latam grounds flights over pandemic

Montevideo - Chile announced a total closure of its borders on Monday while Latin America's largest airline said it was reducing operations by 70 percent as the region scrambled to stem the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic.

Latam airline cuts operations by 70% over pandemic

Santiago - Chilean-Brazilian airline Latam, the biggest in Latin America, announced on Monday a 70 percent reduction in its operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Argentina, Ecuador deaths take LatAm virus toll to five

Montevideo - Argentina announced its second coronavirus-related death on Friday as Ecuador reported its first, taking the total death toll in Latin America to five as the virus shows signs of spreading rapidly.

Latin America cuts Europe travel links over virus fears

Montevideo - Latin American states preparing for the onslaught of the new coronavirus on Thursday tightened restrictions on travel links to Europe as the region recorded its third death in the outbreak.

Latin America steps up measures against coronavirus spread

Montevideo - Latin American countries stepped up measures to slow the advance of the coronavirus Wednesday, announcing a slew of restrictions on travelers from the worst-affected countries and shutting down major sports events.
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