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Brazil & Southern Cone - May 2020

Introduction

This May edition of the Latin American Regional Report: Brazil & Southern Cone is published shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared South America as a new global epicentre of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The fast-evolving pandemic continues to catch governments by surprise, as even those which took strict containment measures early on are seeing a surge in cases. The bulk of this issue therefore focuses on some of the public health and economic implications of the coronavirus in Brazil and the Southern Cone countries, as things stood at the beginning of May.

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