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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.

Brazil's Yanomamis say endangered by miners spreading coronavirus

S - Brazil's Yanomami indigenous people on Tuesday demanded the government of President Jair Bolsonaro expel illegal goldminers from its territory to protect their communities from the spread of the coronavirus.

Brazil's Bolsonaro rallies supporters as US sends unproven drug

Bras - President Jair Bolsonaro, who opposes coronavirus lockdown measures imposed by Brazilian cities and states, rallied with his supporters Sunday, as Washington said it had sent two million doses of a controversial unproven COVID-19 drug.

Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd': HRW and Johns Hopkins

New York - Venezuela's low case count and death toll from the coronavirus are likely false and could in fact end up being thousands of times higher, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Spain govt under fire over Women's Day March on eve of outbreak

Madrid - Spain's left-wing government was facing growing pressure Wednesday after a damning report emerged criticising its decision to permit a huge March 8 rally in Madrid as the epidemic gathered pace.

Mexican filmmaker Cuaron backs domestic workers over pay

Mexico - Oscar-winning Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron on Tuesday backed calls to ensure thousands of domestic workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be paid.

Sao Paulo mayor: cancer survivor, COVID fighter

S - Isolated in his office at city hall, Sao Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas is waging a war on two fronts: the cancer survivor is also leading the fight against coronavirus at its epicenter in Latin America.

Chile virus cases soar as soldiers deploy following unrest

Santiago - Coronavirus cases soared in Chile Tuesday as soldiers were deployed to back up riot police in Santiago following clashes with demonstrators angry about food shortages and job losses.

Brazil indigenous tribe fights coronavirus with plants

Manaus - Far from lab coat and face mask territory, a group of indigenous healers with feather and leaf headdresses is working its way up the Amazon river, looking for medicinal plants to treat the new coronavirus.

Half of Chile senate, four ministers in coronavirus quarantine

Santiago - Around half of Chile's 50-member senate and four ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with at least three colleagues infected with the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday, as jobless protesters in a poor area of Santi...

Great-grandmother's losses show virus' ravages in Brazil

Manaus - Maria Nunes Sinimbu thought of the coronavirus pandemic as a faraway crisis.Then COVID-19 killed five of her family members as the disease ravaged her hometown, Manaus, the biggest city in the Brazilian Amazon.

'Express burials' hide true COVID-19 picture in Nicaragua

Managua - Doctors are warning of looming COVID-19 chaos in Nicaragua, where victims' families and the opposition accuse President Daniel Ortega's government of ordering "express burials" to hide the true number of infections.

Peru says will build hospital in Amazon for COVID-19 patients

- Peru said it will construct a fast-build hospital in the Amazon as it seeks to respond to a growing COVID-19 emergency sweeping through the indigenous population.

Antarctica's splendid isolation keeps coronavirus at bay

Santiago - As the planet battles the seemingly inexorable spread of the coronavirus, Antarctica remains the only COVID-19-free continent -- thanks in the main to strict security and not a little luck.

Amazon could be next virus hot zone: scientist

S - The next pandemic could come from the Amazon rainforest, warns Brazilian ecologist David Lapola, who says human encroachment on animals' habitats -- a likely culprit in the coronavirus outbreak -- is soaring there because of rampant deforestation.

Mara the ex-circus elephant retires to Brazil

Bras - Mara, an Indian elephant rescued from an Argentine circus, arrived at an animal sanctuary in Brazil Wednesday to start a new life at 50-something -- beginning with a celebratory frolic in the dirt.

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.

A Brazilian gravedigger's daily odyssey

Manaus - Ulisses Xavier is used to seeing death up close. It comes with the territory when you're a gravedigger.

Brazil presidential spokesman tests positive for virus

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's spokesman has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government said Wednesday, the latest case to hit close to the far-right leader, who rejects social distancing measures.

IMF approves emergency loan for Ecuador

Washington - The International Monetary Fund has approved a $643 million emergency loan for Ecuador, as the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices hit the South American nation.

Muralist Kobra finds inspiration in confinement

Itu - Professionally speaking, coronavirus confinement is not exactly good for street artists. But famed Brazilian muralist Kobra says he found inspiration staying at home -- and is using it to help those hit by the pandemic.

Peru prison riot over coronavirus fears leaves nine dead

- Nine inmates were killed and scores of guards wounded when rioting broke out at a prison in Lima after two inmates died from COVID-19, authorities in Peru said Tuesday.The riot broke out Monday at the city's Castro Castro prison.

Colombian capital's mayor under fire for lockdown breach

Apo - Prosecutors in Colombia are investigating Bogota mayor Claudia Lopez for allegedly breaching the country's strict quarantine rules against the spread of the coronavirus.

17 police officers killed by coronavirus in Peru

- Seventeen police officers in Peru have died after contracting novel coronavirus while enforcing the nation's pandemic lockdown, officials and state media said.

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.

Anguish in Brazil's ICU units overwhelmed by COVID-19

S - Frederic Lima arrived at the already overwhelmed Emilio Ribas hospital in Sao Paulo with coronavirus symptoms. Less than 12 hours later a doctor told the 32-year-old's aunt: "We did everything possible.

US and Mexico 'need each other,' says president Lopez Obrador

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador played down on Thursday his counterpart Donald Trump's decision to temporarily halt immigration to the United States, saying it wouldn't affect business between the neighboring countries.
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