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LatinNews Daily - 23 March 2021

Main Briefing
On 22 March, Brazil’s health ministry said that it is working on “emergency solutions” with suppliers from the medical industry to respond to the critical healthcare situation in the country, where hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus (Covid-19) patients are now facing shortages of medical supplies...
Andean
On 22 March Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, announced two weeks of “radical quarantine” in response to a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections...
* A new study suggests that the execution of mining projects in Peru worth some US$56.16bn would result in a 12-percentage point fall in the national poverty rate over the next decade, to 15% of the population...
Brazil
* The Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI), a Brazilian business lobby, has published its latest economic report, which highlights that the “second wave” of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country has negatively impacted economic expectations for the year, and warns that 2021 will be another difficult year for the economy (GDP shrank by 4.1% in 2020)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 22 March unionists and anti-riot police clashed in Panama’s capital, Panama City...
* Costa Rica’s official export promotion agency (Procomer) has released new figures which show that in the first two months of 2021, Costa Rica’s exports totalled US$2bn, up 10% on the same period in 2020...
Mexico
On 22 March the president of Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, Mario Delgado, accused the national electoral institute (INE) of “manoeuvring” against the party to try to prevent it from retaining its majority in the federal congress...
* John Scott, an academic researcher at Mexico’s national council of evaluation of social development policy (Coneval), has warned that it will take more time than expected for poverty levels in Mexico to fall back to those observed prior to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 22 March a group of small farmers began a march on Asunción to demand that Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez and Vice President Hugo Velázquez resign because of alleged “ineptitude and corruption” in responding to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has announced the creation of a new US$6bn ‘Covid fund’ that will be made available to finance emergency measures to combat the negative social and economic effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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