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Covid-19 in Latin America: one year on
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catastrophe for the world, not least for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)...
All countries are at risk of disaster and should do what they can to prepare...
The first known case of Covid-19 infection in Latin America was detected in Sao Paulo in Brazil on 26 February last year...
Brazil stands out as one of the world’s major epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a country where the political and policy response to the virus has been notoriously poor...
The first known Covid-19 case was detected in Mexico on 28 February 2020: the carrier was a locally based Italian citizen who had recently returned from a European trip...
One year on, Argentina can be classified among the countries that were harder hit by the virus, reporting over 2m confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths...
Colombia’s first known Covid-19 case was detected on 6 March 2020; the virus spread rapidly from that point onwards...
Some analysts believe the first year of Covid-19 in Peru has also brought with it the most intense ‘perfect storm’ of problems experienced by the country in at least the last two decades...
One of the features of the global pandemic has been that government responses have been erratic, confounding predictions, with both unexpected successes and unexpected failures in the different phases of the crisis...
Uruguay stands out as one of the countries in the region where the virus arrived late and had a comparatively smaller impact...
A review of the first year of the pandemic in LAC suggests various conclusions...
It’s not over yet...

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