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Caribbean & Central America - July 2020

Introduction
When the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic first reached Latin America, the horrifying prospect of its proliferation through the region’s often grossly overcrowded, understaffed, unsanitary and aging prisons was described by various human rights organisations as a “ticking time bomb”...
Central America
When the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic first reached Latin America, the horrifying prospect of its proliferation through the region’s often grossly overcrowded, understaffed, unsanitary and aging prisons was described by various human rights organisations as a “ticking time bomb”...
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has piled further strain on the Panama Canal, whose future in recent months had already been called into question over water shortage concerns...
At the end of May Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández promulgated a new air sovereignty law and inaugurated a combined interagency operations centre (CCOI), both aimed at cracking down on drug trafficking...
Global remittances have been hit hard by measures taken around the world to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) and Central America is already suffering a decrease in inflows...
Costa Rica and its neighbours faced the same dilemma as countries around the world in the face of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic: how best to protect their populations while mitigating the economic effects of lockdown...
Caribbean
Suriname and Guyana, two countries on the verge of possibly great oil wealth, have both held general elections this year: Guyana on 2 March and Suriname and 25 May...
In our May issue we reported on an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study published in April that looked at the potential economic damage to six selected Caribbean countries from the shutdown of tourism as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Economic Highlights
GUATEMALA | Operations suspended at ‘Fénix’ nickel mine...

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