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LatinNews Daily - 10 August 2020

Main Briefing
On 9 August “a national political dialogue” called the previous day by Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Áñez in an attempt to end a week of nationwide roadblocks, erected in protest at the latest postponement of the country’s general election, failed to get off the ground...
Andean
* According to a survey by Ecuador’s national statistics institute (Inec), conducted from May to June, there were over 1m unemployed people in the ocuntry during this period, accounting for 13.3% of the economically active population of 7.6m people...
Brazil
On 8 August, the death toll from the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Brazil passed 100,000, while the number of confirmed cases topped 3m, according to official figures...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPCA), according to which monthly inflation grew 0.36% in July (the highest figure for the month since 2016)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 9 August El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced that the first phase of economic reopening would be extended until 23 August...
* Due to a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Havana province, where Cuba's eponymous capital is located, and the bordering Artemisa province, the Cuban government has reintroduced restrictions in the capital and the Bauta municipality in Artemisa, suspending public transport and closing bars, cinemas, beaches and parks...
Mexico
On 7 August Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador dismissed adjusting the national strategy to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, insisting that his government has adequately handled the public health emergency. ..
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released consumer price index figures for July, which show that monthly inflation was 0.66%, and the annual inflation rate was 3.62%...
Southern Cone
On 9 August, Paraguay’s Finance Minister Benigno López said that it would be “catastrophic” from an economic point of view to reimpose a lockdown in the country’s capital Asunción and neighbouring Central department...
* Figures from Chile’s national customs service show that in the first seven months of 2020, Chile’s trade balance was down 14.1% compared with the same period in 2019, to a total US$68.66bn – a slump indicative of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on global trade...
Washington Watch
Peru: On 31 July Peru’s foreign ministry released a statement denouncing as inaccurate the report by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a component of the Executive Office of the US President, on coca cultivation and production in Peru, published on the same day...

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