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Brazil Closes Borders, Mexico Announces First Death From Pandemic

A person carrying a face masks as a safety measure towards the unfold of the brand new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP.


South America’s largest nation Brazil on Thursday introduced it was closing land borders to almost all its neighbors to stop the unfold of the coronavirus, as Mexico reported its first virus loss of life.

Individuals in a number of cities in Colombia and Brazil mounted pot-banging “cacerolazo” protests from condominium balconies towards the failure of their governments to behave shortly towards the pandemic.

Chile, rocked by months of social protests, unveiled an $11.75 billion financial stimulus package deal to deal with the results of the virus on the large copper producer.

In the meantime, a aircraft operated by Spanish service Iberia despatched to Ecuador to choose up stranded foreigners was prevented from touchdown at an airport in Guayaquil, which is underneath lockdown.

Cynthia Viteri, mayor of Ecuador’s second metropolis, stated she ordered automobiles to dam the runway of the worldwide airport to stop the aircraft from touchdown.

The flight from Madrid, with solely crew aboard, was in a position to land later in Quito.

Ecuador has banned all flights since Monday to cease the unfold of the coronavirus.

Mexico reported its first coronavirus loss of life — a 41-year-old man with diabetes who died Wednesday in Mexico Metropolis. Mexico has 118 confirmed instances of an infection.

Latin America has to this point recorded 1,921 instances and 18 deaths.

– Chile stimulus plan-

Chile’s stimulus plan “will strengthen our ability to face the health, economic and social needs that the coronavirus pandemic is signifying and that will probably tend to worsen in the future,” President Sebastian Pinera advised a press convention.

Well being Minister Jaime Manalich introduced a lockdown of Chile’s Easter Island, saying nobody might enter or go away the distant Pacific island for the following two weeks.

Manalich stated that although not one of the island’s 7,00zero inhabitants had the illness, many individuals from the island had been making an attempt to return and risked carrying the virus again with them.

Chile has registered 342 instances of the virus so far.

Colombia will block all worldwide flights from Monday for 30 days, President Ivan Duque introduced Thursday.

“As of 00:00 hours on March 23, the arrival of all international passenger flights to the country’s airports is prohibited,” the president wrote on Twitter.

Duque stated the shutout was crucial as a result of some individuals who had entered the nation had tried to keep away from obligatory quarantine rules.

Colombia closed its land and sea borders on Tuesday.

– Bogota confinement –

Bogota metropolis corridor stated the capital’s seven million individuals would face confinement from Friday to Monday as a part of a trial run for a possible future quarantine.

Different cities throughout Colombia, which has greater than 100 instances of the coronavirus, had been additionally underneath nighttime curfews.

Brazil stated its 15-day border closure would have an effect on all neighboring international locations, except Uruguay to the south.

It shut its border with Venezuela on Tuesday.

Senior Brazilian officers, equivalent to Chamber of Deputies speaker Rodrigo Maia, had referred to as for a complete border shutdown.

Latin America’s largest nation, with a inhabitants of 210 million, has to this point registered 428 instances of the coronavirus, with 4 deaths.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, the lawmaker son of the Brazil’s president, joined US President Donald Trump in criticizing China over the pandemic, prompting calls for from Beijing for an apology.

China’s embassy accused Bolsonaro of perpetuating the anti-China stance of Trump, who repeatedly refers back to the “Chinese virus.”

“We are familiar with your irresponsible words. You imitate your dear (American) friends. On your return from Miami, you unfortunately caught a mental virus, which infected the friendship between our peoples,” the embassy stated in a tweet.


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