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The coronavirus pandemic raised poverty in Latin America to 33.7%, its highest level in 12 years

Q REPORTS - Poverty in Latin America increased in 2020 to the highest levels in the last 12 years, reaching 33.7% of the total population of the region, due to the economic crisis caused by covid-19, reported this Thursday the Economic Commission for Latin...

US Latin America Policy Won’t Change Much, New ‘Thaw’ With Cuba Can’t be Ruled Out,

Q REPORTS - U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to outline his vision of Washington's Latin America policy at the next Summit of the Americas, to be held in the United States in April 2021. However, the contours of the new administration's Western Hemisphere policies...

Costa Ricans the most pessimistic in the Isthmus about the economic situation in 2021

QCOSTARICA - Costa Ricans are the Central Americans who view the country's economic future with the greatest pessimism. The least pessimistic are the Nicaraguans. The foregoing is clear from a virtual survey conducted by Kantar, the largest information, insights and consulting company in Central America &...

Where can Americans currently travel to in Latin America?

The world isn’t as open to US citizens right now as it was nine months ago, but nonetheless, travel prospects are looking much better than they were last spring. Although much of Europe remains off-limits, several countries in Asia have slowly started to welcome back...

Drug Trafficking, Politics and Power: The Age of Drug Lords

How a new generation of global drug lords emerged at the end of the 1970s, in want of both money and power,  changed the face of politics as their influence and control expanded. Drug lords, wealth and power – episode two of this three-part series...

Costa Rica has the best immunization rate in Latin America

QCOSTARICA - The Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Costa Rica is excepted to accelerate likely in February when the number of vaccines received in January would double, thanks to the arrival of the first doses developed by AstraZeneca. “By February we hope to double the arrival...

Costa Rica among the Latin countries where inflation fell the most during the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica, along with Nicaragua, are the countries where inflation fell the most in Latin America, with a decrease of more than two percentage points compared to September 2019 with the same month this year, considering the pandemic factor. This was revealed by...

Online enterprises in South America – expected growth in these industries for the next two years

South America is experiencing rapid growth in its online market, forging a reputation as one of the frontrunners in e-commerce and e-services. It is primarily due to the significant expansion in social media and access to the internet, which is pushing the rate of...

Fox Channel in Latin America to be renamed Star in February 2021

QMAGAZINE - Disney Media Networks Latin America and The Walt Disney Company Latin America, both of which are owned by The Walt Disney Company, officially announced that Fox's signals in Latin America will undergo a name change and will use the Star brand from...

Call for a Redoubled Commitment to Eradicating the “Shadow Pandemic” of Violence against Women and Girls in the Region

QREPORTS (ECLAC) - Latin America and the Caribbean has been a pioneer in forging a Regional Gender Agenda since 1977, but it should not let its guard down amid the intensification of violence against women and girls observed during the COVID-19 crisis, Alicia Bárcena,...

On the Back of the Pandemic, the Militarization of Latin America is Gathering Momentum, Analysts Warn

(QREPORTS) During the Covid-19 pandemic, armed forces in Latin America have been taking on essential tasks: manufacturing protective equipment, delivering food and treating civilians in hospitals. In at least a dozen countries, soldiers have been deployed to enforce containment measures, often using brute force,...

The Failure of Socialism: Lessons for Latin America

PANAM POST - The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, is one of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. The images recorded by thousands of cameras and repeated to infinity by television channels around the globe...

Costa Rica has the third highest average salary in Latin America

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica has the third-highest average salary in Latin America, concludes a study by Picodi. Ticos earn an average of US$737 per month, lower than the salary of Panamanians ($774) and Puerto Ricans ($1,858). In the world, Switzerland has the highest average salary, at US$5,989...

Indigenous Mexicans turn inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food

Zapotec farmers return from their ‘milpa,’ the garden plots that provide much of the communities’ food, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeffrey H. Cohen, CC BY-SA While the coronavirus hammers Mexico, some Indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are finding creative ways to cope. Oaxaca, one...

Latin America current epidemic battleground

Latin America is becoming the epicenter battleground for the Covid-19 pandemic, with sharply rising numbers of infections and deaths. Yet scant testing services in many areas mask the true extent of the crisis. Brazil has 2.6 million Covid-19 infections which have resulted in more than...

IMF: Latin America Will Suffer Worst Economic Crisis in Its History

(QREPORTS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its growth prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean by predicting that economic activity will fall by 9.4% this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. To help these governments, the IMF approved an additional...

Costa Rica would have the least economic impact of Latin American countries: OECD

(QCOSTARICA) The economic fall in Costa Rica, although it will be high, would not reach the levels of the rest of the region, according to the OECD - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD agrees with the World Bank that this will be...

Latin America Fatalities on the Rise as Global COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 400,000

Latin America, specifically Brazil and Mexico, is seeing increases in the number of coronavirus-related cases and deaths, as the global death toll nears 400,000. Globally, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is more than 6.9 million, while the death toll stood at 399,854 Sunday morning,...

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

(AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis Manaus...

WHO warns Latin American hospitals risk being overwhelmed by Covid-19 crisis

(AFP) The warning from the global health body came as a sister UN agency issued new guidelines for pandemic-hit airlines that reveal what flying might look like when passenger planes take to the skies again in earnest. The march of the illness across the Americas...

No Signs of Normality in Latin America After Coronavirus Lockdown

The coronavirus lockdown is wreaking havoc on many economies, and in several Latin American countries, the curve seems far from flattening out. What are the challenges of returning to normal in Colombia and Latin America? When will we see a vaccine? What challenges await...

‘Dengue kills too’ – Latin America faces two epidemics at once

BOGOTA (Reuters) - As the coronavirus kills thousands and dominates government attention across Latin America, another deadly viral infection is quietly stalking the region. Dengue - colloquially called breakbone fever for the severe joint pain it causes - is endemic in much of Latin America,...

Coronavirus: Indigenous peoples in serious danger of disappearance

The Covid-19 Pandemic has once again highlighted the inequalities that are experienced in the world, inequalities caused by historical cultural factors derived from colonization, inequalities that have historically kept Indigenous Peoples at a disadvantage, the peoples that It has historical problems of health, poverty...

Deaths and desperation mount in Ecuador, epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in Latin America

Dead bodies are lying at home and in the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city so hard-hit by coronavirus that overfilled hospitals are turning away even very ill patients and funeral homes are unavailable for burial. Data on deaths and infections is incomplete in Ecuador,...

Latin America Surpasses 100,000 Infections From COVID-19

Latin America, with population of more than 653 million, has more than 100,000 people infected with the new coronavirus, and almost 5,000 deaths, with Brazil being the country most affected by the pandemic. Topping the list is Brazil, with a population of almost 210 million,...

Tica in Ecuador: “The streets are full of corpses, hospitals are collapsed, it is terrifying”

Between tears and despair, Sylvia Piedra, a 44-year-old Costa Rican mother, told her story of she lives daily facing the coronavirus pandemic in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, one of the areas most affected by covid-19 in Latin America. Originally from Puriscal, the mother of...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: The pandemic by the numbers, where’d you rather be?

By the numbers in the Americas, perhaps, the best place to be during the covid-19 pandemic is in Latin America. Using the numbers from the United Nations official population and Worldometer and John Hopkins University on the Coronavirus COVID-19 cases, in Latin America, the countries...

Coronavirus travel chaos as Latin America barricades itself

When 23-year-old Kara boarded her plane from Lima, Peru, to Quito, Ecuador, last Sunday morning, she had no idea if she would be able to board her next connecting flight. It remained entirely uncertain whether she would be able to get a flight back to...

Coronavirus exposes Latin American tourism to an economic earthquake

The llamas of Machu Picchu will be able to graze freely and without fear of selfies for at least 15 days. The coronavirus crisis has reached the heights of the busy Inca citadel, which this week has hung the closed sign. The tranquility of animals...

“In Central America, when it goes bad for the world, it goes worse for us.”

Univision(Leer en español) - Sherman Anderson has survived a category five hurricane and kept afloat during the global economic recession of 2008. But the impact of the coming crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could be more severe, he says. “People are scared, they’re...

Coronavirus in Latin America: Nine countries impose restriction on travelers

Argentina has announced the suspension of arrivals for one month from countries that are the focus of the pandemic. The measures are similar to those taken by Bolivia. Argentina raised its number of infected to 21. It has also reported one death from the covid-19,...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

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