Back on stage: Cirque du Soleil acrobats rehearse as shows resume amid pandemic | AFP

Trapezists, contortionists, roller skaters and other acrobats resume rehearsals in the Mexican Riviera Maya for Cirque Du Soleil’s only resident show in Latin America, after a three-month pause due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Sao Paulo authorities allow more businesses to reopen despite virus crisis | AFP

Sao Paulo city Mayor Bruno Covas announces that bars, restaurants, beauty salons and barbershops can reopen starting July 6, while Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll — which surges past 60,000 — remains the highest in Latin America. SOUNDBITE

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Anti-Bolsonaro demonstration in Brasilia | AFP

Hundreds of people protest in Brasilia against President Jair Bolsonaro as confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil surge past one million, the second worst-affected country with almost 50,000 deaths, helping to push Latin America’s total infections beyond the two million mark. IMAGES

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Mexican wrestlers struggle with COVID-19 fallout | AFP

Masked Mexican wrestlers line up for supplies after losing their jobs due to the closure of fighting rings, while Mexico remains one of the hardest hit countries by the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America.

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Brazil buries COVID-19 victims in mass graves in Manaus | AFP

Workers in Manaus bury victims of COVID-19 in mass graves in a cemetery as coronavirus deaths in Brazil continue to surge, with the country being the hardest-hit in Latin America with more than 40,000 deaths, currently the second-highest death toll in the world.

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Dozens of people on the street in Rio de Janeiro as Brazil reopens shops | AFP

Dozens of people are seen on the streets of Rio de Janeiro on the first day that shopping centres are allowed to reopen in Brazil, despite the fact that the country remains the hardest-hit by the coronavirus in Latin America with more than 40,000 deaths — currently the third highest death toll in the world. IMAGES

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Diplomat: US gave Brazil heads up about travel ban

A Brazilian diplomat said they’ve been communicating with the White House on a routine basis weeks before the United States issued a coronavirus travel ban on Latin America’s hardest-hit country. (May 27)

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Many burials in Sao Paulo at the largest cemetery in Latin America | AFP

It’s a painful experience for the next-of-kin of COVID-19 victims, as they are unable to hold wakes or have one last moment at the hospitals before the bodies are transported to the Vila Formosa Cemetery in Sao Paulo, where the number of daily burials have doubled.

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Many burials in Sao Paulo at the largest cemetery in Latin America | AFP

It’s a painful experience for the next-of-kin of COVID-19 victims, as they are unable to hold wakes or have one last moment at the hospitals before the bodies are transported to the Vila Formosa Cemetery in Sao Paulo, where the number of daily burials have doubled.

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Colombian Amazon suffers in silence as COVID-19 hits local population | AFP

Deep in the Colombian Amazon, coronavirus has carried with it a new threat to the jungle. The local population lacks significant resources to fight the virus, so the people have been left suffering in silence. Brazil is at the heart of the battle against COVID-19 in Latin America. It has opened a corridor of contagion that has further weakened its precarious health system.

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A need for face masks inspires business ventures across Latin America | AFP

Across Latin America, businesses are diversifying to respond the changes in the market brought about by the the coronavirus pandemic. In Bolivia, a collective is selling face masks to support victims of domestic abuse, who may be in increased danger in confinment with violent partners. At a Mexican market, sellers struggle to keep up with the overwhelming demand for their popular creations, whilst in Chile, a business is manufacturing its facial cover-ups with a special ingredient.

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Coronavirus: is Latin America ready for what’s next? | AFP

Two months after Sao Paulo registered the first coronavirus case in the region, the number of reported deaths in Latin America has risen to more than 10,000 and over 200,000 people have been infected, according to official numbers. But the figures could be much higher. A rapid response from governments in the closing of borders, and imposition of lockdowns and curfews has bought some countries time to prepare for what’s ahead. But the dire economic predictions for the region already have many worried.

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Coronavirus: is Latin America ready for what’s next? | AFP

Two months after Sao Paulo registered the first coronavirus case in the region, the number of reported deaths in Latin America has risen to 10,000 and over 200,000 people have been infected, according to official numbers. But the figures could be much higher. A rapid response from governments in the closing of borders, and imposition of lockdowns and curfews has bought some countries time to prepare for what’s ahead. But the dire economic predictions for the region already have many worried.

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Brazil’s Collision Course | Inside The Outbreak | Associated Press

As Brazil careens toward a full-blown public-health emergency because of mounting COVID-19 cases, Latin America’s most populous nation is contending with two other crises: economic turmoil and an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro’s action. In this episode of Ground Game, AP Brazil News Director David Biller explains how these three crises are colliding.

Catholic bishop blesses Ecuador’s Guayaquil from the sky | AFP

A bishop blesses the Ecuadoran city of Guayaquil from a helicopter. Although a small country of 17.5 million people, Ecuador is the third worst-hit nation from the coronavirus in Latin America, with nearly 5,000 cases and 272 deaths.

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Coronavirus: From Panama, UN, Red Cross prepare 16.5 tons of aid | AFP

The United Nations and the Red Cross prepare more than 16 tons of supplies, including masks and gloves, for distribution from their collection center in Panama for the combat of COVID-19 across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Coronavirus: people queue outside bank in Argentina to receive payment | AFP

Pensioners and social security beneficiaries queue in front of a bank in José C. Paz, in Argentina, to receive a payment promised by the Argentinian government. Latin America is heading into “a deep recession” in 2020, with an expected drop in the region’s GDP of 1.8 to 4.0 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN economic commission for the region said Friday. IMAGES

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Bodies are being left on sidewalks in Ecuador city

Ecuador was one of the first nations in the region to identify a coronavirus case. Experts say it may offer a frightening glimpse of what awaits Latin America in the coming weeks and months. (April 2)

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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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