South America

Argentina

Argentina has extended its lockdown.- 5/5/2020

Brazil

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“We have two viruses to combat in Brazil,” he said. “The coronavirus and the Bolsonaro virus.”- the State Governor of Sao Paulo 6/6/2020

Bolsonaro far right, people not happy

Argentina/Spain far left, people not happy

Italy super lockdown, people not happy

America (mess) half open/half close, people not happy

And so on Ladies and Gentlemen the problem is us !!!!

Brazil has removed months of data on Covid-19 from a government website amid criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the outbreak. 8/6/2020

The health ministry said it would now only be reporting cases and deaths in the past 24 hours, no longer giving a total figure as most countries do.

Mr Bolsonaro said the cumulative data did not reflect the current picture.

Brazil has the world's second-highest number of cases, and has recently had more new deaths than any other nation.

The Latin American country has more than 640,000 confirmed infections, but the number is believed to be much higher because of insufficient testing. More than 35,000 people have died, the third-highest toll in the world.The far-right leader has been criticised for rejecting lockdown measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and, on Friday, threatened to pull out of the body, accusing it of being a "partisan political organisation".

The president has repeatedly joined supporters in protests in recent months, ignoring social-distancing advice. 7/6/2020 BBCNews

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For months President Bolsonaro of Brazil has been one of the world’s leading coronavirus sceptics, playing down the threat it posed and once dismissing it as a “little flu”.

Yet Mr Bolsonaro, who turned 65 in March and has had a series of operations after he was stabbed in 2018, confirmed yesterday that he had become one of the 1.6 million Brazilians who have tested positive for Covid-19. Of those, almost 67,000 have died, a total surpassed only in the United States.

He appeared outside the modernist presidential palace in Brasilia, initially wearing a flimsy, white facemask, to tell reporters that he had taken two doses of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to help combat the disease.

. Since the beginning of the pandemic Mr Bolsonaro, who has been labelled the “Trump of the Tropics”, has flouted social distancing rules, shaking hands with supporters and leaning in for selfies at pro-government rallies. On June 24 he defied a federal judge’s order to wear a mask in public. He has said that his “athletic” past would protect him from coronavirus symptoms and that he “wouldn’t feel anything” if infected.

On Friday the president used his power of veto to remove clauses that would have required face coverings in churches, schools, shops and factories. He also removed an article that would have made the government give masks to the “economically vulnerable”.

Cases are moving inland from the coastal cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to the rural countryside, where access to medical care is limited.

Last week, 60 per cent of new cases were registered in smaller towns, according to health ministry data. Fatalities outside urban areas accounted for about half of all daily deaths in Brazil. - 7/7/2020

Brazil has recorded two million coronavirus cases as the disease spreads across South America’s largest country, while India notched up a million cases.

The Brazilian government says that 76,000 people have died. It reported 34,177 new cases yesterday and 1,163 deaths. The latest figures show that while the number of new infections is stabilising in the main population centres of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the virus has taken hold almost everywhere else. Brazil has a population of 210 million. - 18/7/2020

 

Chile

Sebastian Piñera, Chile’s billionaire president, declared a 90-day national emergency, banning public gatherings. Peru imposed the strictest measures in the region, allowing people to leave their homes only to buy food and medicine. Yet both countries are in the throes of explosive outbreaks.

“People are starting to go hungry and the health system is collapsing,” said Claudia Pizarro, mayor of a district in the Chilean capital, Santiago, where most of the intensive care beds are occupied

See also Silverseas article

Peru

See also article by Nick Fitzgerald

Peru has confirmed twice as many cases as China. .- 5/5/2020

On Lockdown 68, https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/20/peru-coronavirus-lockdown-new-cases

gives a disappointing report on how, despite quick & strict Lockdown measures, the number of Coronavirus cases in Peru continues to rise

 

 

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