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LatinNews Daily - 13 May 2020

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On 12 May, the executive director of humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for Brazil, Ana de Lemos, warned that Latin America could become the next epicentre of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Andean
On 12 May, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) special rapporteur for freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, warned Bolivia’s interim government that its recent decree criminalising the spread of ‘misinformation’ violates international human rights standards...
* Colombia’s state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, has announced that its net profits in the first quarter of 2020 fell by 95.2% compared with the same period last year, from Col$2.74trn (US$705m) down to Col$133bn (US$34.2m)...
Brazil
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the services sector, according to which the level of activity fell by a monthly 6.9% in March 2020, and recorded a 2.7% drop year-on-year...
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 May frontline doctors at the Parque de la Industria, a temporary hospital in Guatemala City set up to treat patients with coronavirus (Covid-19), complained of a lack of payment and of personal protective equipment (PPE)...
* A new survey by the Central American federation of chambers of commerce (Fecamco) has warned that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is having an “unsustainable impact” on Central American firms...
Mexico
On 12 May a group of Mexican governors announced that schools in their states will remain closed until further notice despite the federal government’s plans to resume classes around the country next month...
* Mexico’s social security institute (IMSS) has released figures according to which 555,247 formal workers lost their job in April, largely due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 12 May Chile’s Health Minister Jaime Mañalich said that the country’s health system has “approached the limit” of its available beds and ventilators to treat critical coronavirus (Covid-19) patients...
* Chile has submitted a request to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a two-year flexible credit line (FCL) amounting to some US$23.8bn to help the country cope with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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