Weekly Report - 14 May 2020 (WR-20-19)

PARAGUAY: Worried by ‘Brazilian threat’

The 700km porous border that Paraguay shares with Brazil has historically been a source of concern for the Brazilian government as it has long been exploited by criminals to smuggle counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, and people from Paraguay. But with the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak expanding at an alarming rate in Brazil, now it is the Paraguayan government that is worried about the permeability of the border and the threat that the arrival of infected individuals from Brazil poses to Paraguay. The response by the Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez to the pandemic has so far succeeded in limiting the number of infections and deaths in the country but all this could be in vain unless it can tighten controls at the border with Brazil.

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