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LatinNews Daily - 07 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 6 April, the Brazilian government began paying out a new round of emergency aid to help vulnerable Brazilians in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Andean
On 6 April, Bogotá Mayor Claudia López announced that the Colombian capital would enter a three-day lockdown on 11 April due to surging coronavirus (Covid-19) infections...
* Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, has announced a new economic relief package as the country enters the grip of a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections...
Brazil
* The Brazilian government has launched the so-called ‘InfraWeek’ of tenders, during which it hopes to attract R$10bn (US$1.79bn) in investments for the concessions of 22 airports, five port terminals, and one railway line...
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 April Panama’s foreign minister, Erika Mouynes, reportedly demanded an “immediate meeting” with the Colombian authorities to address the issue of irregular migration on the joint border...
* Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has sanctioned a law which extends a general tax amnesty period, first approved in March 2020, as part of efforts to help those affected by the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 6 April the head of Mexico’s federal interior ministry (Segob), Olga Sánchez Cordero, called on the national electoral institute (INE) to remain “neutral” as it gears up to stage the June midterm elections...
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has noted that Mexico will be “one of the big beneficiaries of the US$1.9trn rescue plan package” implemented in the US by the government of President Joe Biden...
Southern Cone
On 6 April Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera promulgated a constitutional reform which postpones elections, due to take place on 10 and 11 April, for councillors, mayors, regional governors and members of the constituent assembly to draft a new constitution...
*International credit ratings agency, Moody’s Investors Service, has warned that the risk that Argentina could default on its foreign debts again remains high despite recent developments that should improve its financial position...

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