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LatinNews Daily - 11 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 10 June Chile’s health authorities announced that due to the continued rise of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and the saturation of hospitals, the Santiago Metropolitan Region (RM) would once again be placed under strict quarantine...
Andean
On 10 June, Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodríguez denounced that a government payment to the World Health Organization (WHO) Covax Facility Initiative had been blocked, preventing the delivery of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines to the country...
*Gary Rodríguez, the director of the Instituto Boliviano de Comercio Exterior (IBCE), a private secotr lobby, has said that Bolivia's agricultural trade balance registered a surplus of US$430m in January-April 2021, which Rodríguez said was nearly double the amounts recorded for the same period in 2020 and 2019...
Brazil
On 10 June, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said that the health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, would publish new guidelines allowing people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus (Covid-19) or who have caught the disease to stop wearing facemasks...
* Multinational power company Enel has announced that its renewable energy subsidiary in Brazil, Enel Green Power Brasil Participações, has begun commercial operations in the Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm which is situated in the northeastern state of Piauí...
Central America & Caribbean
On 10 June Gerry Rice, the spokesperson for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), warned that El Salvador’s adoption of cryptocurrency bitcoin as legal tender “raises a number of macroeconomic, financial, and legal issues that require very careful analysis”...
* The European Union (EU) has announced that it will allocate €18.5m (US$22.5m) in aid for Central America and Mexico...
Mexico
On 10 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he will send a constitutional reform initiative to the federal lower chamber of congress to ensure that his government’s contentious reform to the electricity sector is implemented...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that 2.32m international tourists visited Mexico in April 2021, a 199% increase on the same month in 2020 – indicative of the impact of restrictions taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
* The Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA) and Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI), Argentine and Brazilian business lobbies, respectively, have outlined their priorities for economic recovery following a meeting of the Conselho Empresarial Brasil-Argentina (Cembrar) binational business council...

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