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Covid in Latin America

Uruguay tests the limits of ‘responsible freedom’

Uruguay stands out as one of the countries in the region where the virus arrived late and had a comparatively smaller impact. This has been attributed to a number of factors including the government’s quick action to close frontiers and set up tracking, tracing, and isolation procedures. Uruguay may also have benefited because only a small proportion of the labour force is informal, and because it has a comparatively small and geographically spread-out population (the population is 3.5m and average population density is under 20 per square km).

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