This week, existing quarantines in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia will remain in place heading into the Easter weekend – what happens from next week will be critical to watch as some governments weigh up the risk of social strife and the economic effects of a “lockdown shock” should lockdowns be extended.… Read the rest
This week, Brazil’s Congress should advance economic support measures even as President Jair Bolsonaro remains in denial about the seriousness of Covid-19. In Argentina, the government has – as expected – extended its quarantine measures amid concerns over how to sustain a lockdown of large numbers of informal workers.… Read the rest
There have been two important political developments in the last 48 hours. First, on 24 March, the former opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski called for an agreement between President Nicolas Maduro’s regime and the opposition led by Juan Guaido to help avert a public health crisis arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.… Read the rest
● The regime’s bombshell request for IMF emergency assistance provides proof of Venezuela’s unique vulnerability to COVID-19.
● The run-down public healthcare system is not equipped to handle a significant spread of coronavirus.… Read the rest
Anti-government protests that broke out in 2019 in several countries were set to regain momentum after a recent lull. There have already been clashes between police and protestors in Chile this week.… Read the rest
This week, COVID-19-related market volatility comes at the worst possible moment for Argentina, which is on the brink of a crucial phase of its debt restructuring. Separately, protests against gender violence will mark the beginning of the week, with political effects most strongly seen in Mexico and Chile. … Read the rest