Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Americas — News Updates March 18, 2020

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BBC: Is Latin America prepared to fight coronavirus?

The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America has not reached European proportions yet but judging by decisions taken in the last few days, governments here are not taking any chances.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro announced that the whole country, already suffering from years of economic and political turmoil, would be under quarantine from Tuesday after the number of cases there rose from 16 to 33 in one day.

“We’re facing a serious pandemic,” he told the nation in a televised address. “If we don’t stop it in time, cut it off and control it, it could bring us down.”

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Americas — News Updates March 18, 2020

Coronavirus travel chaos as Latin America barricades itself — DW
Mexico under international criticism for coronavirus response — The Hill
The Coronavirus Is Spreading Through Latin America, But Mexico’s President Is Still Out There Kissing Children — BuzzFeed
Colombia’s congress adds 1-month coronavirus break to 3-month Christmas recess — Colombia Reports
Coronavirus cases in Colombia at 65, Lufthansa suspends Bogotá flight — The City Paper
COVID-19: Venezuela to implement national quarantine — Reuters
Cruise ship with COVID-19 patients docks in Cuba — AP
Peru deploys military to slow coronavirus spread; Chile closes borders — The Star
Breaking coronavirus quarantine in Argentina could mean jail time — Al Jazeera
Brazil records two new deaths from coronavirus — Reuters
Rio’s Christ statue closes and state of emergency decreed — AP
Coronavirus batters Brazilian retail, travel and factories — Reuters
Brazil health minister: More restrictive COVID-19 measures may be needed — Reuters
Coronavirus is hammering Latin American economies — Quartz

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