Latin America’s glaring inequality as COVID-19 spreads across the region

The coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region after many of Latin America’s first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United States. Many of the wealthy are already recovering, but experts warn that the virus could kill scores of the poorest people. Those in poverty must work to feed their families, live in unsanitary conditions and lack proper medical care. Some locked-down countries are paying those who have been told to stay home to reduce the spread of the virus. But the effort is patchwork and doesn’t apply to everyone who needs help.

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Coronavirus: Brazil builds makeshift hospital | AFP

One of the largest convention centres in Latin America is being turned into a field hospital by the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. The facility will have an estimated capacity for 1,800 hospital beds, 72 of those for critical care, all dedicated to treating patients with the new coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: soldiers on patrol in Lima | AFP

Armed forces patrol the streets of the Peruvian capital Lima after a national emergency was declared over the coronavirus. According to an AFP count, Latin America has registered more than 800 cases and seven deaths so far.

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Confidences from the bathroom: Talking period taboos in Latin America I AFP

From across Latin America, Lucrecia, Victoria, Vania and Sebastian share their personal thoughts on their periods from the intimacy of their bathrooms, where they address sex, the price of sanitary products and gender identification

Views from the loo: talking period taboos on Women’s Day | AFP

From across Latin America, Lucrecia, Victoria, Vania and Sebastian share their personal thoughts on their periods from the intimacy of their bathrooms, where they address sex, the price of sanitary products and gender identification.

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Mexico City residents react to country’s first confirmed coronavirus case | AFP

Residents of Mexico’s capital, where health officials confirmed the country’s first coronavirus case and the second in Latin America after Brazil, express worry and insecurity over the virus, which has infected 83,670 people and killed 2,865 around the world, according to an AFP toll.

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Tourists, nationals ‘not worried’ about coronavirus case in Brazil | AFP

Tourists and residents of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro say they are “not worried” about the novel coronavirus after the health ministry announced that a Sao Paulo resident has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the first case recorded in Latin America.

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Protests in Chile hit Latin America’s biggest music festival | AFP

Thousands of protesters armed with stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails clashed with police Sunday as Latin America’s biggest music festival opened, in the latest spurt of a four-month old wave of grassroots anger over economic inequality and other woes.

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Protesters clash with police in Chile as Latin America’s biggest music festival opens | AFP

Protesters armed with Molotov cocktails clash with police near the venue for Latin America’s biggest music festival. It is the latest spurt of a four-month old wave of grassroots anger over economic inequality and other woes. IMAGES

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Russian Foreign minister meets Venezuelan counterpart in Caracas | AFP

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza in Caracas, as part of a tour of Latin America. IMAGES

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Wildfires ring alarm bells over deforestation in the Amazon | AFP

The fires in the Amazon have raised global concern, but above all they have drawn attention to deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest, where indigenous reserves, large landowners, illegal farmers and mining coexist under permanent tension. AFPTV takes a look back on the fires that have ravaged the Amazon and Latin America. REFILE AS ONE OF AFPTV’S BEST STORIES OF 2019

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Chileans react to unrest in their country | AFP

Chileans react to the unrest in their country and the military presence in the streets, as the country, usually one of the most stable in Latin America, experiences its worst violence in decades since protests against a now-scrapped hike in metro fares escalated dramatically.

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Chileans turn plastic waste into profit | AFP

Chile is one of Latin America’s top garbage-generators, a reality that boosts entrepreneurship in waste management and gives plastic a second life.

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Wildfires ring alarm bells over deforestation in the Amazon | AFP

The fires in the Amazon have raised global concern, but above all they have drawn attention to deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest, where indigenous reserves, large landowners, illegal farmers and mining coexist under permanent tension. AFPTV takes a look back on the fires that have ravaged the Amazon and Latin America

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With a bamboo bike, two Mexicans travel through Latin America | AFP

Tired of their routine and with a budget of only 550 dollars each, Jessica Funes and Aldo Garcia undertook the journey of their lives: a bicycle trip across Latin America, Aldo on a regular bike while Jessica with one made of bamboo.

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Women ride for change at Latin America’s biggest motorbike fest | AFP

‘Ladies of the Road’ is one of the few women biker groups present at the 16th Brasilia Capital Moto Week, the biggest gathering of motorcyclists in Latin America, where female presence has grown at the traditionally male-dominated event.

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Brazilians react to ambitious pension reform bill | AFP

Residents of Rio de Janeiro react to an ambitious pension reform bill that has passed the first vote stage in the Brazilian Congress. The proposal to introduce a minimum retirement age and increase contributions over a longer period of time is seen as crucial to Bolsonaro’s ability to deliver on other promised measures to shake up Latin America’s biggest economy, which is on the brink of recession.

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Electric scooters zip into Latin America’s traffic chaos | AFP

Electric scooters have promised to revolutionise transport in congested and polluted Latin American cities; critics say they have only added to the chaos. Electric scooters from carpool companies appeared by the thousands last year on the streets and sidewalks of Bogota and Lima in Sao Paulo and Mexico City.

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Animated Map Shows Where Your Favorite Coffee Actually Comes From

Nearly two thirds of Americans drink coffee everyday, but how many of them know where it comes from? If you sip your morning joe from major brands like Starbucks, Dunkin’, or McDonalds, chances are it comes from one of several countries in Latin America. Companies source from different regions to reduce risk, maintain a steady supply of beans in different seasons, and serve different flavors to their customers.

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Animated Map Shows Where Your Favorite Coffee Actually Comes From