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The latest news, politics and current affairs from the Americas.
  1. A €1 trillion (US$1.09 trillion) recovery plan to get Europe back on its feet after the devastation wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic was set to be unveiled on Wednesday after iconic world sites, from the New York Stock Exchange to the Church of the Nativity, reopened their doors.In a symbolic return of a high altar of capitalism, the NYSE – which had gone exclusively virtual for two months – allowed a limited number of traders to return to the trading floor, wearing masks to reduce the risk…
  2. The Americas have emerged as the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a Tuesday briefing, as a US study forecast deaths surging in Brazil and other Latin American countries through August.“Now is not the time for countries to ease restrictions,” Dr Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas and head of the Pan American Health Organisation, said via video conference.The Americas have registered more than 2.4 million cases of the new…
  3. President Donald Trump on Sunday suspended travel from Brazil, which has emerged as a major new hotspot in the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said.Non-Americans who have been in Brazil in the 14-day period prior to when they seek admittance to the US cannot come to America, said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Trade is not affected by the new rule.“Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in…
  4. The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for energy-starved Venezuela entered the South American country’s exclusive economic zone on Saturday, despite a US official’s warning that Washington was considering a response to the shipment.The tanker, named Fortune, reached the country’s waters at after passing north of the neighbouring dual-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, according to vessel tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon.Trump vetoes bill to curtail his Iran war-making…
  5. Adrián Alonso Gama lived life on both sides of the border, until he got the coronavirus.On weekends the 37-year-old truck driver would stay at his parents’ home in Tijuana. Thanks to his US green card, he lived in his own place in San Diego during the week, delivering beer and auto parts around the American southwest.Last week, Gama started feeling sick and returned to Mexico to be close to family. He was diagnosed with Covid-19, becoming one of the more than 1,700 confirmed coronavirus…
  6. A profanity-laced video showing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro expressing frustration at his inability to get information from police and vowing to change cabinet ministers if needed to protect his family was released on Friday at the order of a Supreme Court justice, a potential new blow for a leader whose popularity has been sagging.The two-hour video of a cabinet meeting, with portions redacted, was released as part of a probe into allegations that the president was trying to improperly…
  7. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro neatly sums up how thoroughly politics has hijacked the debate over using malaria drugs against the new coronavirus: “Right-wingers take chloroquine”.The far-right leader made the remark Tuesday, a day before his government recommended widespread use of chloroquine and a less-toxic derivative, hydroxychloroquine, to treat Covid-19 even in mild cases, despite questions about their safety and effectiveness.The “Tropical Trump”, as Bolsonaro has been called,…
  8. The world passed 5 million reported infections on Thursday after the World Health Organisation registered a new daily record number of Covid-19 cases.The WHO said Wednesday that more than 106,000 virus cases had been reported – the most in a single day since the virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.The global death toll neared 330,000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, as many rich nations started emerging from lockdowns that have hammered their…
  9. China ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said on Wednesday that it will start using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to verify if drivers in its Latin American markets wear masks and disinfect cars to keep rides safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.Didi, which is in eight countries across Latin America, Australia and Japan, has introduced the use of such technologies in China since January, when the country started taking measures to stop the spread of the virus.From May 22, Didi’s ride…
  10. As Brazil solidifies its status as the world’s new coronavirus hotspot with another record day for infections and deaths, the nation’s disjointed response is fuelling concern that the worst is yet to come.There’s no health minister after two officials who occupied the top post left following clashes with President Jair Bolsonaro, who has dismissed efforts to slow the disease’s spread. Only about 800 of the 15,000 ventilators bought by the federal government have been distributed due to problems…