Covid-19 and Latin America

The U.S. Center for Disease Control does field studies of epidemiology on Covid-19 in Colombia. (Photo from CDC Global.) 
The U.S. Center for Disease Control does field studies of epidemiology on Covid-19 in Colombia. (Photo from CDC Global.)

With the world-changing implications of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, CLAS offers a collection of resources tracking and analyzing the spread of the disease and responses from Berkeley, Latin America, and the world. 

CLAS Community Responses

Please note: Articles presented on the CLAS Blog are the work and opinion of their authors, not that of the Center for Latin American Studies or UC Berkeley. They are also a product of a particular moment, and are therefore arranged by date.

New Journal edited by UC Berkeley's Stefano M. Bertozzi (2020-06-30) · Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

CLAS Blog (2020-06-05) · Johanna K. Schenner, a visiting scholar at Berkeley's IRLE, on a vulnerable workforce: "Covid-19, Farmworkers and Research"

CLAS Blog (2020-06-02) · UC Berkeley's Alice Taylor writes about protest during a pandemic: "Brazilian Youth Mobilize in the Streets and through the Digital, during Coronavirus and Beyond"

CLAS Virtual Event (2020-05-29) · A panel discussion looking at "Migration, the U.S. – Mexico Border, and Covid-19"

CLAS Virtual Event (2020-05-15) · UC Berkeley Library's Liladhar R. Pendse on (video): "Latin American Studies: Online Research Resources During a Pandemic"

CLAS Virtual Event (2020-04-26) · Lucrecia Hernández Mack and Karen Musalo on (video): "Covid-19, the Northern Triangle, and U.S. Immigration Policy"

CLAS Virtual Event (2020-04-16) · Two experts talk about their research and work on and during the pandemic (video): "Covid-19 in Brazil"

Recent Stories

New York Times (2020-09-04) · Julie Turkewitz looks at impact on education as social transformation in Colombia: "Pandemic Drives Millions From Latin America’s Universities"

Bloomberg (2020-09-02) · Mario Sergio Lima, Andrew Rosati, and Simone Preissler Iglesias: "Brazil Hands Out So Much Covid Cash That Poverty Nears a Low"

Al Jazeera (2020-09-01) · Cuba tries to stamp out outbreak: "Cuba imposes Havana lockdown as coronavirus spreads"

Reuters (2020-08-31) · A possible positive consequence of the pandemic: "A bike boom in Mexico City amid COVID-19"

Americas Quarterly (2020-08-31) · Thomas Traumann on Brazil: "Rio’s Beaches Are Proof: Bolsonaro Is Winning the Narrative on COVID-19"

Arizona Republic (2020-08-28) · Daniel Gonzalez on problems in immigrant holding facilities: "COVID-19 cases spike again at immigrant detention center in Eloy"

El País (2020-08-27) · Costa Rica also postpones in-person schooling: "Pandemia impide a estudiantes volver a las aulas por lo que resta del año"

El Nuevo Día (2020-08-27) · Puerto Rico has outbreaks among the most vulnerable: "El Departamento de Salud detecta brotes de contagios en 13 centros de ancianos"

Listin Diario (2020-08-27) · Dominican healthcare system extremely vulnerable: "Red pública de hospitales está en condiciones muy delicadas"

The Guardian (2020-08-26) · When lockdown encounters political protest: "Chile police using Covid-19 quarantine as pretext to crush protest, activists say"

La Nación (2020-08-26) · Argentina experiencing a spike in Buenos Aires: "Coronavirus en la Argentina: los contagios diarios superaron la barrera de los 10.000"

El (2020-08-25) · El Salvador reopens after failure to negotiate a planned end to lockdown: "Economía se reactiva progresivamente entre optimismo y cautela"

Agencia EFE (2020-08-25) · Colombia planning to reopen on September 1: "Colombia vive los últimos días de su cuarentena de cinco meses pensando en la economía"

Associated Press (2020-08-24) ·  Félix Márquez and Christopher Sherman on starting in the pandemic: "Mexican students start new school year from home"

La Nación (2020-08-23) · Paraguayan political elite not modeling good behavior: "Renunció el viceministro Juan Carlos Portillo, tras escándalo por fiesta privada sin protocolos"

Deutsche Welle (2020-08-23) · Protests for Guatemalan president's resignation over Covid-19 mismanagement: "Piden renuncia de presidente de Guatemala en nueva jornada de protestas"

El Universo (2020-08-21) · Ecuador suffering through economic crisis from pandemic: "En Galápagos, gremios y junta ciudadana piden 'atención urgente por crisis' económica generada por el COVID-19"

La Prensa (2020-08-21) · Wendy Alvarez on long-term impact on restaurant workers: "Cerca del 20% de los trabajadores de los bares u restaurantes en Nicaragua no recuparán sus empleos"

La Prensa (2020-08-20) · Urania Cecilia Molina Aminta Bustamante on unpaid health workers in Panama: "Minsa adeuda $6 millones a médicos en pago de salarios"

Associated Press (2020-08-19) · Dánica Coto on another new lockdown: "Puerto Rico imposes stricter measures amid coronavirus spike"

El Mostrador (2020-08-19) · Chile's government tries to reconcile plebiscite with public health measures: "Cámara de Diputados despacha a ley reforma constitucional que faculta al Servel para dictar las normas sanitarias necesarias para el proceso del 25 de octubre"

La Prensa (2020-08-19) · El Salvador now planning on no in-person schooling until end of year at least: "Suspensión de clases presenciales estará vigente hasta 31 de diciembre: MINED"

Latin America News Dispatch (2020-08-18) · Marina Guimaraes on non-governmental organizations taking action: "In Rio de Janeiro, Civil Society Fights Covid-19"

Associated Press (2020-08-17) · Mauricio Savarese on protests for better policy in the Amazon: "Indigenous protestors in Brazil demand better COVID-19 protection"

Al Jazeera (2020-08-16) · Daniel Schweimler on troubling rise despite preventive measures: "Argentina COVID-19 infection rate still rising despite lockdown"

Deutsche Welle (2020-08-16) · Peru reinstitutes some lockdown measures with police enforcement: "Lima militarizada para hacer cumplir toque de queda dominical"

Data Visualizations

Financial Times · "Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries start to reopen"

Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean · "COVID-19 in SALURBAL Countries"

Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University · Global map of Covid-19 Cases (Mobile version)

The Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases (CEND), UC Berkeley · Map of Current Covid-19 cases

Financial Times · Worldwide tracking of coronavirus cases by country

Pan American Health Organization · Map of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Americas 

ARGENTINA – La Nación · Map of Argentina's Covid-19 cases (as of 2020-03-31): "El mapa del coronavirus en la Argentina, provincia por provincia"

BRAZIL – Laboratório de Estudos Espaciais do Centro de Pesquisas Computacionais, Rice University · "Casos de COVID-19 no Brasil"

CHILE –Radio Bío Bío · "Seguimiento de Coronavirus (COVID-19) en Chile"

COLOMBIA – El Tiempo · Covid-19 tracker (as of 2020-04-03): "Así avanza, caso a caso, el coronavirus en Colombia"

COSTA RICA –  Universidad Estatal a Distancia: "Situación Nacional COVID-19" (map updated daily)

ECUADOR – El Universo: "Mapa del Coronavirus COVID-19 en Ecuador"

GUATEMALA - Universidad Rafael Landivar: "Coronavirus COVID-19 en Guatemala"

MEXICO – School of Government and Public Transformation, TEC Monterey · Map of Covid-19 cases in Mexico

PERU – Telemática · Map of Covid-19 cases in Peru: "Coronavirus COVID-19 en Perú"

Regional Resources

Brookings Institute · "Assessing the local impact of the virus"

Americas Society/Council of the Americas · Where is the Coronavirus in Latin America?

The Authoritative Source · Comprehensive Covid-19 Knowledge Base

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales · Collection of articles from the CLACSO Pandemic Observatory (in Spanish)

Juventud Presidente · Mapa de contagios de COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS en Centroamérica, en tiempo real (first accessed 2020-04-15)

The Tax Foundation · Summary of Covid-19 economic response plans by country

United Nations · Summary of UN support to Latin American Countries during Covid-19 pandemic

The Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases (CEND), UC Berkeley · Daily situation reports on Covid-19 cases and responses

More Information from UC Berkeley 

UC Berkeley Events (2020-04-13) · Recording of live webinar with Berkeley public health experts: "Coronavirus: science and solutions"

Berkeley University Health Services · Information on Covid-19 from campus health services 

UC Berkeley News · UC Berkeley Covid-19 webpage with university policies and responses

A Covid-19 illustration of the structure of the virus. (Image from the Center for Disease Control.)
A Covid-19 illustration of the structure of the virus. (Image from the Center for Disease Control.)

Map of Covid-19 cases per 1,000 inhabitants in Latin America as of August 4, 2020. 
Map of Covid-19 cases in Latin America as of August 4, 2020. (From image by Raphaël Dunant.)


New York Times (2020-08-15) · Manuela Andreoni and Ernesto Londoño on the case of Brazil: "Coronavirus Crisis Has Made Brazil an Ideal Vaccine Laboratory"

Associated Press (2020-08-14) · More reporting on outlook in Mexico: "Health official thinks the coronavirus has peaked in Mexico"

Reuters (2020-08-13) ·  Roxanne Liu, David Stanway, and Jake Spring on Brazilian chicken exports: "Chinese cities find coronavirus in frozen food imports, WHO downplays infection risk" (2020-08-13) · Carmen Leticia Villegas Moreno report that Mexico crosses 500,000 cases: "México llega a 55.293 muertos y 505.751 contagios de COVID-19"

Science (2020-08-12) ·  Rodrigo Pérez Ortega and Lindzi Wessel on Covid's impact on research: "‘We’re losing an entire generation of scientists.’ COVID-19’s economic toll hits Latin America hard"

El Universal (2020-08-12) · Yuskerli Murillo on another top Venezuelan official testing positive: "Jorge Rodríguez informó estar contagiado por Covid-19"

Associated Press (2020-08-10) · Working around public health restrictions: "Mexico City lets bars ‘change’ to restaurants to reopen"

The New York Times (2020-08-10) · Natalie Kitroeff and Paulina Villegas look at healthcare in Mexico: "'I'd Rather Stay Home and Die': A fear of hospitals is leading many Mexicans to delay treatment for coronavirus until it is too late for doctors to help them."

Daily Beast (2020-08-09) · Mark Hay on coronavirus denial: "The Bizarre Story of a Far-Right Activist Taking COVID Trutherism to Mexico"

Yahoo News (2020-08-08) · Amelie Baron on widening gap in education during the pandemic: "As the virus deepen's Haiti's schooling gap, some fight back"

The Guardian (2020-08-08) · Former official criticizes policy: "Brazil's ex-health minister attacks Bolsonaro as Covid-19 deaths tops 100,000"

Reuters (2020-08-08) · Cuba swiftly reacts to minor Covid-19 spike: "Havana back on lockdown as coronavirus rebounds"

CNN Latinoamérica (2020-08-07) · Merlin Delcid on conflict over reopening between courts and president in El Salvador: "Corte Suprema de El Salvador declara inconstitucional las fases de reactivación económica"

El Comercio (2020-08-06) · Peru to allow withdrawals from pension funds: "Comisión del Congreso aprueba proyecto de ley para retirar hasta el 100% de los fondos de las AFP"

Amandala (2020-08-05) · Belize extends Covid-19 lockdown: "Southside State of Emergency extended for 2 months"

Yahoo News (2020-08-05) · Indigenous leader dies in pandemic: "Virus kills leading Brazil indigenous chief Aritana"

Reuters (2020-08-04) · Surpassing Europe for a grim milestone: "Latin America now has world's highest coronavirus death toll"

El Nuevo Día (2020-08-04) · Puerto Rico's government tries to slow flights from mainland: "Wanda Vázquez insiste en limitar viajes a Puerto Rico desde jurisdicciones con un alto nivel de casos de coronavirus"

La Tribuna (2020-08-04) · Healthcare workers strike over conditions in Honduras: "Hospital Leonardo Martínez deja de atender pacientes con COVID-19"

ABC en el este (2020-08-04) · Medical supply shortage in Paraguay: "Clínicas: Pacientes deben comprar batas quirúrgicas ante escased de insumos"

Associated Press (2020-08-04) · Christopher Sherman on plans for education: "Mexico’s school year to begin with instruction on television"

The Haitian Times (2020-08-03) · Sam Bojarski and Rachele Viard report: "Slowing The Spread Of Coronavirus And Resuming Classes Will Prove Difficult In Haiti"

Deutsche Welle (2020-08-03) · Bolivia ends in-person school for year: "Bolivia anticipa clausura del año escolar por la pandemia"

CNN Español (2020-08-02) · Panama City's mayor fined for violating quarantine: "Sorprenden al alcalde de ciudad de Panamá incumpliendo la cuarentena; lo multan y paga"

Washington Post (2020-08-02) · Heather Kelly and Rachel Lerman on Bay Area: "San Francisco flattened the curve early. Now, coronavirus cases are surging."

ETurboNews (2020-08-02) · Juergen Steinmetz on Brazil planning to reopen international travel: "Brazil, a deadly example in the world for tourism and COVID-19"

BBC (2020-08-01) · Mexico surpasses the UK for Covid-19 deaths: "Coronavirus: Mexico's death toll becomes world's third highest"

The Tico Times (2020-07-31) · Organizing testing for stranded migrants: "Nicaraguans stranded on the border with Costa Rica will receive free COVID tests"

Associated Press (2020-07-31) · Franklin Briceño on dealing with an undercount: "Peru probes whether 27,253 coronavirus deaths uncounted"

The Guardian (2020-07-31) · David Agren on Mexico's Covid-19 response: "Mexican president Amlo says he will wear mask 'when there is no corruption'"

La Nación (2020-07-31) · Gabriel Sued on reimposed restrictions in Argentina: "Coronavirus en la Argentina: ¿Qué anuncios hará Alberto Fernández hoy sobre la nueva cuarentena?"

La Razón (2020-07-30) · Bolivians having to wait days for scarce oxygen: "Uno, dos, tres días, la gente vive un viacrucis para conseguir oxígeno medicinal"

El Universo (2020-07-30) · Ecuador moving forward with vaccine testing programs: "Ecuador participará en los ensayos clínicos para las vacunas contra COVID-19"

ABC (2020-07-30) · Protests in Paraguay against pandemic response: "Nueva convocatoria a protestas para hoy y políticos con promesas tratan de 'apaciguar'"

Associated Press (2020-07-29) · Sonia Pérez D. on rapid burials: "Guatemala burying dozens of unidentified COVID-19 dead"

El Periodico (2020-07-29) · Government in El Salvador again delays reopening: "Gobierno salvadoreño reprograma reinicio de actividad económica"

Folha de S. Paulo (2020-07-29) · Cláudia Collucci on effects on pregnant women in Brazil: "Caso único, Brasil passa de 200 mortes de grávidas e puérperas por Covid-19"

Associated Press (2020-07-28) · Christopher Sherman on Covid-19's economic blow: "Mexican businesses struggling in pandemic with little help"

Confidencial (2020-07-28) · Nicaragua experiences surge of secretive burials: "Cuatro de cada diez entierros en mayo fueron 'exprés'"

El País (2020-07-27) · Beatriz Jucá on health professionals seeking prosecution of Bolsonaro: "Profesionales de la salud denuncian a Jair Bolsonaro por genocidio ante La Haya"

Reuters (2020-07-27) · A risky plan moving forward: "Guatemala begins economic reopening, though coronavirus still on rise"

El Comercio (2020-07-26) · More than a quarter of population of Lima and Callao have been infected: "El 25,3% de la población de Lima y Callao estaría infectada de COVID-19, según el Minsa"

Associated Press (2020-07-25) · Juan A. Lozano and John L. Mone on hurricane making Covid response harder on the border: "2020′s 1st Atlantic hurricane lashes Texas; floods expected"

New York Times (2020-07-25) · María Silvia Trigo, Anatoly Kurmanaev and José María León Cabrera: "With Officials’ Backing, Dubious Virus Remedies Surge in Latin America"

Deutsche Welle (2020-07-24) · Chile allows withdrawals from pensions for current economic hardship: "Presidente de Chile promulga histórica reforma a ley de pensiones"

Animal Político (2020-07-23) · Covid hammers Mexican employment and wages: "COVID deja temporalmente sin empleo a casi 12 millones de personas y reduce ingresos de empleados"

Associated Press (2020-07-23) · Upcoming election delayed by Covid: "Bolivia delays presidential election due to pandemic"

Bloomberg (2020-07-22) · Nicolle Yapur and Patricia Laya on one way to hold down numbers: "Venezuela Limits Covid Tests, Then Claims Low Rates"

Financial Times (2020-07-22) · Data visualization: "Coronavirus tracked: has the epidemic peaked near you?"

Yucatan Times (2020-07-22) · New and bad records: "Mexico – New record of deaths and infections from covid-19"

Associated Press (2020-07-21) · Mauricio Savarese and Daniel Carvalho on next stage trials: "New coronavirus vaccine trials start in Brazil"

El Comercio (2020-07-21) · Efforts to stifle a new hotspot in Colombia: "Bogotá ordena cuarentena para 5 millones de personas tras explosivo aumento de casos de coronavirus"

La Prensa (2020-07-21) · Elisabel Marivit Fermín on economic impact on Panama's restaurants: "Mil restaurantes cierran por la crisis"

Associated Press (2020-07-21) · Special unit formed to deal with bodies: "Bolivia police recover 420 dead in possible COVID-19 cases"

NPR (2020-07-21) · Scott Neuman on the pandemic's rising epicenter: "Brazil Tops 80,000 COVID-19 Deaths As 2 Government Ministers Test Positive For Virus"

Al Jazeera (2020-07-21) · Effects of the environment on marginalized communities: "In Pictures: COVID-19 hits Brazil's quilombos hard"

Associated Press (2020-07-20) · Mark Stevenson on violence and Covid-19: "Murders in Mexico, especially of women, grew during pandemic"

France24 (2020-07-20) · Nicaragua's elusive president appears in public, criticizes citizens for Covid response: "Masked Ortega marks 41st anniversary of Nicaragua revolution"

Bloomberg (2020-07-19) · Andrea Navarro and Lorena Rios on failing response: "Half of Baja California’s Coronavirus Patients in Hospitals Are Dying"

CNN Español (2020-07-19) · Cristopher Ulloa on hard-hit Chile's plans for reopening: "Chile anuncia plan “paso a paso” para desconfinamiento"

Voice of America (2020-07-18) · Another cautious experiment in reopening: "Argentina Gradually Lifting COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions"

Associated Press (2020-07-16) · Dánica Coto on slowing down reopening in the Caribbean: "Puerto Rico rolls back openings amid spike in COVID-19 cases"

El Comercio (2020-07-16) · In Peru, are women disappearing because of quarantine or violence?: "Montenegro sobre desaparición de más de 2 mil mujeres en cuarentena: muchas ya aparecieron, pero no lo han reportado"

Reuters (2020-07-16) · Pedro Fonseca on grim milestone: "Brazil coronavirus cases reach two million, doubling in less than a month"

El Nacional (2020-07-15) · Dominican Republic seeks to reinforce health system in face of pandemic: "Gobierno aumentará capacidad sistema salud contra Covid; Entregará Ciudad Sanitaria y tres hospitales más"

Bloomberg (2020-07-15) · John Quigley on one potential success story: "From Covid Disaster to Steep Case Drop, Pandemic Eases in Peru" (2020-07-14) · Zamira Rahim on political elites, especially in Bolivia, testing positive: "Coronavirus hits Latin America's political class"

El Nuevo Día (2020-07-14) · Ricardo Cortés Chico reports on pandemic in Puerto Rico: "Los casos de coronavirus se disparan en 41 municipios"

La Prensa (2020-07-14) · Beatriz Calderon on underreporting and the threat to the healthcare system in El Salvador: "La realidad es más catastrófica que las cifras oficiales de covid-19 en El Salvador, dice presidente del Colegio Médico"

El Financiero (2020-07-13) · Costa Rica plans drastic cutbacks in face of pandemic: "Gobeirno marca ruta econónomica para hacerle frente a la pandemia con recorte de gasto público, créditos con multilaterales y negociación con FMI"

Amnesty International (2020-07-13) · The threat to healthcare providers: "Global: Health workers silenced, exposed and attacked"

Al Jazeera (2020-07-13) · Another deadly milestone: "Mexico coronavirus deaths surge to fourth highest in the world"

Associated Press (2020-07-12) · A big European outbreak in Latin America: "New French premier promises help for virus-hit French Guiana"

Colombia Reports (2020-07-12) · Adriaan Alsema on response to resurgence: "Largest cities in Colombia reverse reopening as coronavirus threatens to collapse healthcare"

Bloomberg (2020-07-10) · Andrew Rosati, Murilo Fagundes, and Simone Preissler Iglesias: "Pill-Popping Bolsonaro Sows Covid Chaos at Brazil’s Hospitals"

La Capital (2020-07-10) · Argentina faces protests over business closures during pandemic: "Banderazo en todo el país en contra del gobierno nacional"

El Diario (2020-07-09) · Dulce Soto on the hazards facing Mexican healthcare workers: "Mueren más médicos por Covid-19 en México"

El País (2020-07-09) · Human rights organizations file complaint against Chile's leadership over response: "Justicia declaró admisible querella en contra de Piñera, Mañalich y Zúñiga por "negligencia grave" al llamar a la "Nueva Normalidad"

Associated Press (2020-07-09) · Paola Flores on leaders in three countries testing positive: "Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region’s elite"

Pagina12 (2020-07-09) · Argentina looking to lock back down after huge one-day case spike: "Coronavirus en Argentina: abrupto aumento de contagios en un solo día"

La Prensa (2020-07-08) · Guatemalan courts shut down with staff outbreak: "Tribunales de Guatemala cerrarán por dos semanas, lo que deja en suspenso las audiencias de extradición de los hermanos Martinelli Linares"

Associated Press (2020-07-06) · Economic costs of pandemic play part in tragedy: "Explosion leaves 7 dead, over 40 injured in Colombia"

Reuters (2020-07-05) · Nelson Renteria on reconsideration of policy during a spike: "El Salvador delays next steps in reopening economy as COVID-19 cases rise"

El Comercio (2020-07-05) · Peru's economy hammered by the coronavirus: "Economía peruana caería 35% en mayo y 25% en junio, prevé Elmer Cuba"

Reuters (2020-07-05) · Oliver Griffin reports on surge in Colombia: "Coronavirus surges on Colombia's Caribbean coast, doctors warn deaths underreported"

Associated Press (2020-07-04) · Cases surge in another Latin American hotspot: "Mexico’s COVID deaths pass 30,000, world’s 5th highest total"

Al Jazeera (2020-07-03) · The second biggest outbreak eases policies: "Brazil dilutes mask law as its coronavirus cases top 1.5 million"

The Guardian (2020-07-03) · Laurence Blair and Cindy Jiménez Bercerra in La Paz: "Bolivia in danger of squandering its head start over coronavirus"

New Scientist (2020-07-03) · Luke Taylor on two successes in the region: "How Cuba and Uruguay are quashing coronavirus as neighbours struggle"

El Diario (2020-07-02) · Antonio Baranda on attacks on healthcare workers in Mexico: "Reportan 103 agresiones a personal de salud en 2 meses"

CNN (2020-07-02) · Claudia Rebaza on one political leader's case: "Emotional President of Honduras exits hospital after 16 days of Covid-19 treatment"

Associated Press (2020-07-02) · Carlos Valdez reports on the intersection of politics and pandemic: "Bolivia tries to hold elections amid pandemic, risking chaos"

Listin Diario (2020-07-01) · Dominican Republic lifts its state of emergency: "Presidente Medina levanta el estado de emergencia"

Folha de São Paulo (2020-07-01) · Brazil surpasses 1,000 deaths in a day and 60,000 total: "Brasil registra 1.057 mortes em dia em que ultrapassou a marca de 60 mil óbitos"

Miami Herald (2020-07-01) · Monique O. Madan reports on deportation pushback: "Guatemala limits deportations from the U.S. as coronavirus cases surge in both countries"

Reuters (2020-06-30) · Julia Love tracks a potential threat from "Remain in Mexico": "First coronavirus cases found in sprawling migrant camp at U.S. border"

Caribbean Business (2020-06-30) · Travel restrictions are imposed in U.S.: "Puerto Rico gov issues executive order requiring test result or quarantine for airport passengers"

Gestión Peru (2020-06-30) · The Pan American Health Organization ups their estimates: "OPS proyecta más de 400,000 muertes por COVID-19 en Latinoamérica y el Caribe para el 1 de octubre"

Washington Post (2020-06-25) · Ishaan Tharoor on the grim outlook for the region: "Latin America’s coronavirus crisis is only getting worse"

Reuters (2020-06-24) · Anthony Esposito on grim forecast: "Latin America's COVID-19 deaths seen hitting nearly 390,000 by October"

The Guardian (2020-06-24) · Mario Coran on Southern California hit hard: "California sees 69% Covid-19 rise in two days as LA county has most cases in US"

Associated Press (2020-06-23) · Mauricio Savarese on field testing of vaccine: "Brazil tests COVID shot, without deal to use it if it works"

The New York Times (2020-06-23) · Azam Ahmed, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Daniel Politi and Ernesto Londoño on the region: "Virus Gains Steam Across Latin America"

Al Jazeera (2020-06-21) · Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, a Cuban doctor, with an opinion on her country's response: "Cuba's two pandemics: The coronavirus and the US embargo"

Washington Post (2020-06-21) · Mary Beth Sheridan on one super-spreader site: "Mexico’s Central de Abasto: How coronavirus tore through Latin America’s largest market"

France24 (2020-06-21) · Outbreak in Peru keeps site closed: "Machu Picchu July reopening ruled out over fears of virus spread"

Tico Times (2020-06-20) · Alejandro Zúñiga on case spike changing policy: "Costa Rica suspends economic reopening plans as new cases spike"

Associated Press (2020-06-19) · Mauricio Savarese on the rising case count: "Brazil tops 1 million cases as coronavirus spreads inland"

CBS News (2020-06-18) · Christopher Brito on the fastest current outbreak: "Brazil on track to surpass the U.S. in coronavirus deaths this summer"

The Guardian (2020-06-17) · Uki Goñi on a stricken national leader: "Argentina's president enters voluntary isolation amid coronavirus surge"

Los Tiempos (2020-06-17) · Populations under threat: "Indigenous people of the Bolivian Amazon battle against Covid-19 and the collapse of the health system"

Financial Times (2020-06-17) · James Politi, James Fontanella-Khan, and Ortenca Aliaj on economic implications: "Why the US pandemic response risks widening the economic divide"

The Guardian (2020-06-17) · Analy Nuño and Caio Barretto on one troubling transmission vector: "'Enter through the back door': secret church services in Mexico and Brazil defy Covid-19 rules" (2020-06-16) · President of Honduras and spouse test positive for coronavirus: "COMUNICADO | La Presidencia de la República, a la comunidad nacional e internacional, comunica:"

Mexico News Daily / Financial Times (2020-06-16) · Jude Webber reports from Mexico City: "Mexico limits stimulus despite millions falling into poverty"

Reuters (2020-06-15) · Marco Aquino on economic consequences for hard-hit country: "Peru posts worst-ever drop in GDP as mine output falls sharply"

Associated Press (2020-06-14) · Legal and political conflict over pandemic response: "Virus lockdown ends in El Salvador amid clash of authorities"

Financial Times (2020-06-13) · Michael Stott and Andres Schipani on region: "Poverty and populism put Latin America at the centre of pandemic"

Reuters (2020-06-13) · Chile's rising case count claims a political casualty: "Chile president replaces health minister amid COVID-19 deaths controversy"

The Guardian (2020-06-12) · A grim milestone: "Brazil overtakes UK with world's second-highest Covid-19 death toll" (2020-06-11) · Matt Rivers and Natalie Gallón on first responders: "'We're forgotten.' Mexico City paramedics say government failing to support them amid the pandemic"

The Washington Post (2020-06-11) · Adam Taylor and Ruby Mellen on the state of the pandemic: "The coronavirus pandemic isn’t ending — it’s surging"

The Financial Times (2020-06-11) · Latin American deaths offsetting declines elsewhere: "Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight to contain the pandemic"

The Economist (2020-06-10) · Chart of the day: "Coronavirus cases are surging in Latin America"

Nature (2020-06-08) · A group of Berkeley scientists estimate lockdowns saved at least 250K lives in U.S.: "The effect of large-scale anti-contagion policies on the COVID-19 pandemic"

The Financial Times (2020-06-09) · David Crow on the intersection between pandemic and protest: "Coronavirus fuels black America’s sense of injustice" (2020-06-08) · CNN video reporting on Latin America: "More than one million Covid-19 cases in these four countries"

Al Jazeera (2020-06-07) · John Holman with an outbreak in an essential service: "Mexico City’s biggest food market becomes COVID-19 hotspot"

Reuters (2020-06-06) · Ana Mano on government suppression of pandemic data: "Brazil takes down COVID-19 data, hiding soaring death toll"

Los Angeles Times (2020-06-04) · Patrick J. McDonnell reports: "For the first time, Mexico records more COVID-19 deaths in a day than the U.S."

The Guardian (2020-06-02) · The dangers of covering an outbreak: "Peru: at least 20 journalists died from Covid-19 as they covered pandemic"

UN News (2020-05-28) · The UN's World Food Programme projects: "Latin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemic"

New York Times (2020-05-28) · Natalie Kitroeff and Paulina Villegas on compounding factors in healthcare: "‘It’s Not The Virus’: Mexico’s Broken Hospitals Become Killers, Too"

Forbes (2020-05-27) · Carlie Porterfield on the new coronavirus epicenter: "Brazil Counts Almost Twice As Many Daily Covid-19 Deaths As The U.S."

Reuters (2020-05-27) · Fabian Werner and Marina Lammertyn on a hopeful situation: "In Brazil's shadow, laid-back Uruguay curbs COVID-19"

The Guardian (2020-05-25) · Uncertainty about the López Obrador government's statistics continues: "Mexico City records thousands more deaths than usual, amid doubt over official Covid-19 toll"

CNN (2020-05-25) · Mariano Castillo on a fast-acting country that still faces a tough situation: "Peru seemed to do everything right. So how did it become a Covid-19 hotspot?"

The Guardian (2020-05-20) · As South America becomes the global hotspot for Covid-19: "Hospitals in Latin America buckling under coronavirus strain" (2020-05-19) · Hunger puts protestors back in the streets: "Coronavirus: Chile protesters clash with police over lockdown"

The Financial Times (2020-05-19) · A look at differences in the region's response: "Virus lays bare Latin America’s many woes"

Washington Post (2020-05-17) · Ismael López Ocampo and Mary Beth Sheridan: "‘Express burials’ raise fears that Nicaragua is hiding a coronavirus tragedy"

Latin American News Dispatch (2020-05-15) · Maria Paula Rubiano on other worries in the middle of Covid-19: "Destruction of the Colombian Amazon Continues During Pandemic"

La Nación (2020-05-14) · Mauricio Giambartolomei on spread in Argentina's poorer neighborhoods: "Coronavirus en la Argentina. Casi el 30% de los casos en la ciudad se detectaron en villas y barrios vulnerables"

The Guardian (2020-05-14) · Worries about Latin American hotspots beginning to come true: "Record death tolls in Mexico and Brazil add to fears of Covid-19 surge in Latin America"

Reuters (2020-05-13) · Sarah Marsh on Cuba promoting a potential treatment: "With Castro-era biotech, Cuba seeks to compete in coronavirus treatment race"

Vox (2020-05-13) · Alex Ward on the problems with an accurate case count: "Mexico is severely — and maybe purposely — undercounting its coronavirus deaths"

CBS News (2020-05-13) · Kate Gibson on U.S. businesses beginning operations with or without permission: "Businesses large and small are defying lockdowns"

Vox (2020-05-12) · Nicole Narea on how U.S. policy may be exacerbating the pandemic in Latin America: "Trump is continuing deportations during the pandemic. It’s causing the coronavirus to spread."

The New York Times (2020-05-12) · A team at the Times looks at Latin America's peril: "Coronavirus Outbreak in Latin America Now Rivals Europe’s. But Its Options Are Worse." (2020-05-11) · In Panama, classes begin on public television stations: "Desde el lunes 11, Sertv dará clases por televisión para primaria y preescolar" (2020-05-11) · South America's third-largest airline hammered by the pandemic: "Avianca, one of Latin America's largest airlines, files for bankruptcy"

The New York Times (2020-05-11) · Lucas Guttentag and UC Berkeley's Stefano M. Bertozzi argue" "Trump Is Using the Pandemic to Flout Immigration Laws"

The Guardian (2020-05-10) · Brazil's "provacateur president" flouts public health advice again: "Bolsonaro attends floating barbecue as Brazil's Covid-19 toll tops 10,000"

The Economist (2020-05-09) · Two success stories from Asia: "Vietnam and the Indian state of Kerala curbed covid-19 on the cheap"

Associated Press (2020-05-08) · Carlos Rodriguez on efforts to stem holiday spread: "Markets closed to control Mexico’s exuberant Mother’s Day"

The New York Times (2020-05-08) · Azam Ahmed on problems of reporting: "Hidden Toll: Mexico Ignores Wave of Coronavirus Deaths in Capital"

Latin American News Dispatch (2020-05-07) · Vaclav Masek on a symbol of surrender and food insecurity: "White Flags as Guatemalans Grow Hungry"

Reuters (2020-05-06) · Oscar Lopez and Christine Murray on another consequence of Covid-19: "Mexican president denies rising violence against women during lockdown"

BBC (2020-05-06) · An underreported severe outbreak in South America: "Peru sees surge in virus cases" (2020-05-05) · Marly Rivera on baseball stars raising money to fight the pandemic in their homeland: "Pedro Martinez, other MLB players form coalition for coronavirus relief in Dominican Republic" (Foundation Covid-19 homepage)

medRxiv (2020-05-05) · Pedro de Lemos Menezes, David M. Garner, and Vitor E Valenti with a preprint research report: "Brazil is Projected to be the Next Global Covid-19 Pandemic Epicenter"

Miami Herald (2020-05-05) · Jacqueline Charles on a potential catastrophe in the Caribbean: "COVID could lead to social unrest and even famine in Haiti, global health experts warn"

The Conversation (2020-05-05) · UC Berkeley grad Rebecca Tarlau on farmers responding: "Activist farmers in Brazil feed the hungry and aid the sick as president downplays coronavirus crisis"

Associated Press (2020-05-05) · Sonia Pérez D. on the current struggle faced by deportees at home: "Virus fear turns deportees into pariahs at home in Guatemala"

Reuters (2020-05-04) · Aislinn Laing and Fabian Cambero report on cautious progress: "Chile tops 20,000 cases while death, hospitalisation rates plateau"

Associated Press (2020-05-03) ·  Lori Hinnant and Isabel Debre on global effects of coronavirus fight on migrants: "Desert or sea: Virus traps migrants in mid-route danger zone"

Guardian (2020-05-03) · Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and others warn: "‘We are on the eve of a genocide’: Brazil urged to save Amazon tribes from Covid-19"

La Prensa Gráfica (2020-05-03) · El Salvador's president warns of healthcare crisis: "El Salvador se encamina al "colapso" del sistema sanitario, según Bukele"

Confidencial (2020-05-03) · Iván Olivares on the brutal economic impact in Nicaragua: "EIU: Nicaragua está ante su depresión económica más profunda desde los años 80"

Pro Publica (2020-05-02) · Adriana Gallardo and Ariel Goodman on the undocumented in New York being especially vulnerable: "Los New Yorkers: Essential and Underprotected in the Pandemic’s Epicenter"

Mexico News Daily (2020-05-02) · Mexico City's outbreak leads to public health intervention: "IMSS will open it doors to non-beneficiaries in Mexico City with Covid-19"

Columbia Institute of Latin American Studies (2020-05-01) · An assessment of the pandemic's impact on the region: "COVID-19: Political Impact in Latin America"

Al Jazeera (2020-05-01) · In Brazil's epicenter, Covid-19 strains burial services: "Coronavirus surge in Brazil brings coffin shortage, morgue chaos"

La Jornada (2020-05-01) · Luis Arellano Sarmiento on workers protesting maquiladoras reopening amidst pandemic: "En Día del Trabajo, exigen no reabrir maquiladoras durante pandemia"

Buzzfeed News (2020-04-30) · Adolfo Flores on the cruel choice facing migrants: "Guatemalan Immigrants Are Caught Between ICE Detention Or Deportation. Either Way, They Fear Getting COVID-19."

CBS News (2020-04-30) · Camilo Montoya-Galvez on conditions in detention: "'Never prepared': Report details poor conditions at ICE jails with coronavirus cases"

BBC (2020-04-28) · Will Grant on labor issues during a pandemic: "Coronavirus: Mexico factory staff question 'essential work'"

Detroit Free Press (2020-04-28) · Looking more closely at an outbreak: "1 automaker has had more COVID-19 deaths than the others. Experts say why"

National Geographic (2020-04-27) · Jill Langlois reports on inequality's impact: "Brazil's vulnerable domestic workers can't afford to get sick"

Tico Times (2020-04-27) · Alejandro Zúñiga reports on one country's plan to exit quarantine: "Costa Rica begins easing some coronavirus measures" · New Costa Rican government guidelines (in Spanish)

Reuters (2020-04-26) · In Santiago, government moves ahead with opening plans: "Chile to push ahead with coronavirus 'release certificates' despite WHO warning"

The Guardian (2020-04-25) · Caio Barretto Briso and Tom Phillipson on Covid-19, brought to Brazil by the rich, but doing its damage among the marginalized: "Rio's favelas count the cost as deadly spread of Covid-19 hits city's poor"

The Guardian (2020-04-25) · The most compelling photos, with the pandemic front and center: "20 photographs of the week"

The New York Times (2020-04-25) · Kirk Semple on the pandemic's impact on remittances, vital to Mexico's economy: "Economic Freeze Cuts Remittances, a Lifeline for Migrants’ Families"

The Guardian (2020-04-24) · López Obrador responds to crisis with austerity measures: "'He's Mr Scrooge': Mexican president unveils severe cuts amid coronavirus"

El Universo (2020-04-23) · In Ecuador, a new wave of testing results doubles the coronavirus case count (in Spanish): "Los resultados de contagiados de coronavirus se duplicaron en Ecuador, ya son 22 160"

Reuters (2020-04-23) · Nelson Acosta and Sarah Marsh on an old policy being deployed to combat hoarding: "Cuba's ration book stages comeback due to coronavirus pandemic"

Miami Herald (2020-04-22) · Monique Madan on conditions in immigrant detention facilities: "ICE has tested a tiny fraction of its detainees for COVID-19. Most of them were positive"

Associated Press (2020-04-22) · Mark Stevenson on Mexico-U.S. border trade; "US pressures Mexico to reopen plants amid worker walkouts"

The Guardian (2020-04-22) · Dan Collyns reports on mayor of Guayaquil, Latin America's hardest hit city: "'Like the horror of war': mayor of virus-ravaged Ecuador city calls for drastic response"

Telesur (2020-04-22) · People beginning to protest lack of government response: "Colombia: Protests Breakout Due to Lack of Food Aid"

El País (2020-04-22) · Some governors in Brazil bow to pressure to relax quarantines (in Spanish): "Gobernadores de Brasil empiezan a relajar las cuarentenas"

CNN Español (2020-04-21) · A mayor in the Dominican Republic has firetrucks threaten to spray quarantine violators (in Spanish): "Mojarán a residentes de Santiago, República Dominicana, que no acaten distanciamiento físico"

The Guardian (2020-04-21) · A team of Guardian reporters looks at the impact of the pandemic on the region's poor: "Lockdowns leave poor Latin Americans with impossible choice: stay home or feed families"

Financial Times (2020-04-20) · Andres Schipani and Jude Webber on undercounting cases in two countries: "Latin American gravediggers fear virus death toll higher than admitted"

Detroit Free Press (2020-04-20) · Tammy Joyner on the impact on one American city: "COVID-19 and Detroit: How racial inequity turned deadly in a city amid a comeback"

Los Angeles Times (2020-04-18) · Kate Linthicum, Wendy Fry, and Gabriela Minjares: "U.S. factories in Mexico are still open. As the coronavirus spreads, workers are dying"

The Guardian (2020-04-18) · Structural disparities make Covid-19 more damaging: " 'The virus doesn't discriminate but governments do': Latinos disproportionately hit by coronavirus"

Council on Hemispheric Affairs (2020-04-17) · Marcia Cury goes into more depth on Brazil: "Bolsonaro, COVID-19, and the Crisis of Brazilian Democracy"

BBC News (2020-04-17) · Latin America's hardest hit country takes stock: "Coronavirus: Ecuador sees massive surge in deaths in April"

Foreign Policy (2020-04-17) · In Central America, Kai Thaler on a confused response from one government: "Nicaragua Is Stumbling Into Coronavirus Disaster"The Nation (2020-04-16) · Jacob Sugarman praises the efforts of one South American country: "Argentina Is Showing the World What a Humane Covid-19 Response Looks Like"

Haitian Times (2020-04-16) · Government decides that they may have successfully resisted: "Haiti Declares Early Victory Over Coronavirus, Plans To Reopen Factories"

The Guardian (2020-04-16) · Disputes over response as Brazilian Covid outbreak grows: "Bolsonaro fires popular health minister after dispute over coronavirus response"

Associated Press (2020-04-15) · David Biller on economic impact on Latin America of Covid-19: "IMF sees Latin America suffering worst contraction on record" Also · original IMF Report: "World Economic Outlook, April 2020"

Los Angeles Times (2020-04-15) · George Soros and Erin Beinhocker argue that U.S. should: "Guarantee paychecks for all displaced workers"

Los Angeles Times (2020-04-15) · U.S. sending coronavirus-positive patients back: "U.S. deportees infected, Guatemala says"

Financial Times (2020-04-15) · Michael Stott and Jude Webber on regional political implications: "Latin America's left spot comeback opportunity in coronavirus fallout"

Financial Times (2020-04-14) · Editorial on the Mexican response: "Mexico’s unfolding presidential tragedy"

El Faro (2020-04-14) · Ricardo Marroquín examines difficulties with education under the pandemic: "Distance Learning without Internet in Guatemala"

El Vanguardia (2020-04-13) · A troubling policy: Chile's government counting Covid-19 dead as "recovered" beacuse they are no longer contagious (in Spanish) 

Miami Herald (2020-04-13) · Jim Wyss on effect of coronavirus on politics: "Dominican Republic delays presidential vote amid coronavirus pandemic"

Reuters (2020-04-13) · Jake Spring looks at the tracking of one country's outbreak: "Brazil likely has 12 times more coronavirus cases than official count - study"

Associated Press (2020-04-10) · AP reports on the situation in one of Latin America's hardest hit countries: "Ecuador buckles under virus, broken oil lines and old debt"

CLAS Blog (2020-04-09) · CLAS Affiliated Scholar Carolina Botelho on politics and the pandemic: "Why Bolsonaro backtracked on firing Mandetta" (original in Portuguese)

Latin American News Dispatch (2020-04-10) · Genevieve Glatsky on difficulties faced by displaced people: "Coronavirus Lockdown is the Latest Challenge for Venezuelan Migrants"

USA Today (2020-04-08) · Alan Gomez, Maria Clark, and Rebecca Plevin on vulnerable populations: "'Terrified of dying': Immigrants beg to be released from immigration detention as coronavirus spreads"

The New York Times (2020-04-08) · Lee Riley, Robert Snyder, and Eva Raphael on poverty and Covid-19: "A Billion People Live in Slums. Can They Survive the Virus?"

The Los Angeles Times (2020-04-07) · LA Times reporters on strange effects of the pandemic: "In El Salvador, gangs are enforcing the coronavirus lockdown with baseball bats"

Bloomberg News (2020-04-07) · Impact of Covid-19 on already reeling economies: "Fragile Latin America Faces Another Lost Decade, and Maybe Worse"

Associated Press (2020-04-07) · Sonia Pérez D. on how U.S. deportations may be spreading Covid-19 in the Americas: "3rd Guatemalan tests positive for virus after US deportation"

Project Syndicate (2020-04-06) · Dani Rodrik on the lasting effects of the pandemic: "Will COVID-19 Remake the World?"

Associated Press (2020-04-06) · Franklin Briceno on the impact of Covid-19 policies on the poor: "Desperate hunt for food by Peru's poor amid virus quarantine"

Bloomberg News (2020-04-06) · Shannon O'Neal of the Council on Foreign Relations: "Coronavirus Is Killing Lopez Obrador’s Big Plans for Mexico

The New York Times (2020-04-06) · Frances Robles reports on the mysterious absence of Nicaragua's president: "Where Is Daniel Ortega? Nicaragua’s Leader Drops From View"

Jamaica Observer (2020-04-06) · European Union supports coronavirus response in the Americas: "EU provides €8-m grant to combat coronavirus in the C'bean"

Washington Post (2020-04-04) · Reporters from the Washington Post dig into the response: "The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged"

Wall Street Journal (2020-04-03) · UCSF's Susan Desmond-Hellman on prepping for the next one: "Preparing for the Next Pandemic"

Reuters (2020-04-03) · In Honduras, mayors identifying land for potential use as mass graves: "Temiendo muertes masivas por coronavirus, Honduras busca terrenos para fosas comunes"

Latin America News Dispatch (2020-04-03) · Wilfredo Miranda Aburto on Nicaragua's slow response: "Nicaraguans Await the Pandemic That Their Government Ignores"

BBC News Mundo (2020-04-02) · Alejandro Millán Valencia on Ecuador’s high rate of cases per capita: “Coronavirus: ¿por qué Ecuador tiene el mayor número de contagios y muertos per cápita de covid-19 en Sudamérica?

The Berkeley Blog (2020-04-01) · Seth Holmes on critical resources being used in support of deportation: "ICE agents are still performing raids – and using precious N95 masks to do so"

The Guardian (2020-04-01) · Fears of an outbreak in Brazil's Indigenous communities: "Brazil confirms first indigenous case of coronavirus in Amazon"

CLAS Blog - Laura Belik (2020-04-01) · Inequality, informality, and health in Brazil: "When “staying home” might not be an option for everyone: Reflections on the effects of Covid-19 in Brazil"

Associated Press (2020-04-01) · Marcos Aleman on one small positive result of Covid-19: "El Salvador homicides drop; experts point to virus lock-down"

UC Berkeley Events (2020-03-25) · Recording of live webinar with Berkeley public health experts: "Coronavirus: Facts and Fears"

Brookings (2020-03-30) · Vanda Felbab-Brown on the Mexican President’s handling of the public health crisis "AMLO’s feeble response to COVID-19 in Mexico"

BBC News Mundo (2020-03-30) · Latin American countries’ responses to Covid-19: “Coronavirus | Cómo hace frente al covid-19 cada país de América Latina

The Guardian (2020-03-30) · “’Coronavirus could wipe us out’: Indigenous South Americans blockade villages

New York Times (2020-03-29) · Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez on differing economic impacts of Covid-19: "Jobs Aren’t Being Destroyed This Fast Elsewhere. Why Is That?"

Miami Herald (2020-03-27) · Jacqueline Charles on the economic impacts of Covid-19 in the Americas: “COVID-19 is hitting Caribbean and Latin American economies hard. Can they survive?

The Guardian (2020-03-25) · Caio Barretto Briso and Tom Phillips on the Brazilian government’s slow reaction to the crisis: "Brazil gangs impose strict curfews to slow coronavirus spread"

CLAS Blog - Denise Dresser (2020-03-23) · López Obrador's response to Covid-19 in Mexico: "The Anti-Hero"

Reuters (2020-03-23) · Data on Latin American’s vulnerability to the pandemic: “How vulnerable is Latin America to coronavirus?

The Guardian (2020-03-23) · A fatal consequence of combating Covid-19: "Colombian death squads exploiting coronavirus lockdown to kill activists"