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Desperation and violence in Panama migrant camp

Marragant - Desperation is palpable in La Penita, an indigenous community in the Panamanian jungle province of Darien where 1,500 migrants have been blocked by the coronavirus pandemic from heading towards the United States.

Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases

Havana - Faced with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Cuba announced on Monday a record daily number of new infections.

Nearly half of inmates at Arizona prison test positive for virus

Los Angeles - More than 500 inmates -- nearly half the population -- of a prison in the US state of Arizona have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said, while at a California prison the virus death toll hit 22.

Chile hospitals ensure patients do not die alone despite pandemic

Santiago - All over the world, people are dying alone as relatives are barred from visiting them in hospital for fear of catching and spreading the coronavirus. But not in Chile.

Video of sobbing woman begging Peru president to save husband goes viral

Arequipa - A video of a mother running behind a van carrying Peru's President Martin Vizcarra and begging him to save her husband from COVID-19, has gone viral."Mr. President, Don't go!

Struggling Cirque du Soleil returns to Mexico

Playa Del Carmen - Using face masks, sanitizing gel and social distancing, Cirque du Soleil artists in Mexico practise before a performance -- a rare sign of hope for the famous Canadian circus company.

Cuba will eliminate dollar tax to boost economy

Havana - Cuba will eliminate Monday the 10 percent tax it has previously levied on the use of the US dollar -- and widen the categories of products for which it can be used to pay -- in response to the country's economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemi...

Venezuela tightens COVID-19 measures in capital after surge

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday a tightening of containment measures in the capital Caracas and neighboring Miranda state to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Brazil's displaced indigenous struggle in concrete jungle far from home

Belo Horizonte - Forced to leave her home after last year's Brumadinho dam disaster that killed 270 people, indigenous woman Angoho Pataxo Ha-ha-hae is now fighting the coronavirus sweeping through her community in the concrete jungle of a favela far from her ancestral...

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Panama - Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit by the pandemic, where doctors are already exhausted.

Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Apo - Colombia's leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have proposed a three-month ceasefire to the government of right-wing President Ivan Duque.

Opposition candidate wins Dominican Republic presidential poll

Santo Domingo - Opposition candidate Luis Abinader swept to victory in the Dominican Republic's presidential election, early results showed Monday, ending 16 years of unbroken rule by the Caribbean nation's center-left PLD party after voters braved a worsening coronav...

Bolsonaro fans applaud his maverick virus response

S - As the number of dead from coronavirus shot up in Brazil, the popularity of far right President Jair Bolsonaro has remained unchanged.For his supporters, the president has done nothing wrong despite more than 63,000 deaths and 1.5 million infections.

Coronavirus turns Chile's middle classes into new poor

Santiago - During more than three decades of boom in Chile, the middle classes reaped the rewards, but just three months of the coronavirus pandemic has already reduced many to poverty.

Colombian with COVID-19 gives birth in coma

Cali - Diana Angola was fighting for her own life when she gave birth to son Jefferson. The 36-year-old had been put into a coma having contracted the novel coronavirus, which left her lungs barely able cope.

Argentina cranks up coronavirus lockdown in capital

Buenos Aires - Argentina President Alberto Fernandez announced on Friday a toughening of lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires and its surrounding area as coronavirus cases are on the rise.

Court halts Mexico's 'Maya Train' over indigenous health rights

Mexico - A Mexican court has ordered the suspension of work on the "Maya Train," a controversial railroad through Mayan lands in the country's southeast, after an indigenous community filed an injunction.The $6.

Argentina's pandemic-hit events business reinvents itself online

Buenos Aires - Argentina's strict coronavirus lockdown has forced hundreds of party venues into bankruptcy since it came into force in March, but many owners are successfully remodelling their businesses to embrace the virtual realities of the pandemic's new normal.

LATAM announces suspension of Argentine subsidiary operations

Santiago - Latin America's largest airline announced on Wednesday that it is indefinitely ceasing operations at its Argentine subsidiary due to the financial hardship provoked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ecuador extends virus 'state of exception' for 2 months

Quito - Ecuador, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus in Latin America, has extended its "state of exception" for two months as it struggles to contain the deadly illness.Ecuador, a country of 17.

Chile to add 'probable' coronavirus deaths to official toll

Santiago - Chile's new health minister announced Sunday that the country's official death toll will include suspected cases, which could double the current figure.

Peru reopens beaches to surfers and bathers

- Surfers and bathers are allowed back on Peru's beaches despite the national lockdown remaining in place, authorities said on Tuesday.Beaches will reopen gradually under certain restrictions, such as limiting users to no more than one hour in the sea.

Mexico says 1,200 citizens died in US from coronavirus

Mexico - More 1,200 Mexicans have died of the novel coronavirus in the United States, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday, adding that another 12 citizens around the world have also fallen victim to the deadly virus.

More than 20,000 shops reopen in Argentine capital

Buenos Aires - More than 20,000 clothes and shoe shops in Buenos Aires were allowed to open on Monday as Argentina began a gradual reopening following more than two months of coronavirus lockdown.Until now, only businesses deemed essential had been allowed to open.

Brazilians hold rival rallies for and against president

S - Brazilians took to the streets in Sao Paulo and Brasilia for rival demonstrations on Sunday for and against President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been widely criticized over his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Final farewells at Mexican cemetery lose luster over coronavirus

Mexico - The peculiar nature of the job means they have more work than ever right now. But Mexico's gravediggers and crematorium workers say they are paying a heavy price for constant exposure to other people's grief during the coronavirus pandemic.

'They are the heroes now' — virus doctors join racism protests

New York - New York nurses and doctors, hailed as heroes for fighting the coronavirus outbreak, are denouncing racial segregation in the public health system by joining the George Floyd protests.

South American football to restart with 'maximum guarantees'

Asunci - South American football will restart with the "maximum guarantees" for the health of players and those involved, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez told the medical teams of the region's 10 member associations by video call on Thursday.

'Recycles' help shield Mexico health workers from COVID-19 stigma

Mexico - Daniela Chavez, a doctor, took up cycling to work after she felt discriminated against by a taxi driver.

Chile prolongs Santiago lockdown as daily virus deaths rise

Santiago - Chile's government said Wednesday it was prolonging a three-week shutdown of the country's capital Santiago as the COVID-19 death toll reached a new daily record.
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