South America News

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:59:00 UTC

Argentina beef exports to the EU and China plunge

Exports to China in March fell 15% from last year’s levels, when Argentina shipped around 50,000 tons a month to meet Chinese demand Market reports suggest that Argentine beef shipments to the European Union have reduced to almost zero amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Sales to China, the main buyer, have dropped below 2019 levels.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:59:00 UTC

Brazilian Health minister remains: Bolsonaro's decision overturned by the generals in his cabinet

“A doctor does not abandon his patient. We will continue,” Mandetta said at a news conference following speculation over whether Bolsonaro would fire him Brazilian Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said on Monday he will continue in his post after overcoming a disagreement with President Jair Bolsonaro over the need for social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:53:00 UTC

Beijing furious with Brazil after Education minister links COVID-19 pandemic to China's “plan for world domination”

The Chinese embassy condemned Weintraub’s “absurd and despicable” tweet, calling it “highly racist.” China demanded an explanation from Brazil on Monday after the conservative government’s education minister linked the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country’s “plan for world domination,” in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:22:00 UTC

“Greg Mortimer” off the coast of Uruguay has 81 passengers tested positive

In a statement on Monday Aurora Expeditions, said two crew members and one passenger had been taken off the ship which had been on an Antarctic expedition. Eighty-one people on the Greg Mortimer cruise ship, which has been stranded off the coast of Uruguay for almost two weeks and has over 90 Australians on board, have tested positive for coronavirus.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:28:00 UTC

Bolsonaro's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic highly controversial, but 59% want him to remain as president

The Datafolha survey showed that 59% of the 1,511 respondents would oppose Bolsonaro’s resignation, while 37% would approve and 4% did not give an opinion Most Brazilians do not favor President Jair Bolsonaro resigning despite mounting criticism of his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a poll published by newspaper Folha de S.Paulo on Sunday.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:25:00 UTC

Brazil admits 486 deaths from Covid-19 and 11,130 positive, but the toll could be much higher

Sao Paulo, the most populous and wealthiest state is the worst hit by the virus Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Sunday the country’s death toll from COVID-19 has climbed to 486 as 11,130 people tested positive to the coronavirus disease. In the past 24 hours, 54 patients died, up 12.5% compared with the day before, and 852 new infections were detected, placing the mortality rate at 4.4%, said the authorities.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:17:00 UTC

Argentine authorities allow cruise M/V Ushuaia crew members ashore Argentine authorities allow cruise M/V Ushuaia crew members ashore

M/V Tierra del Fuego crew members are expected to be allowed to land on Tuesday An Argentine federal judge lifted precautionary measures impeding the access and docking at Mar del Plata port of a cruise vessel with 37 crewmembers which were originally believed to include some positive cases of COVID-19.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 08:50:00 UTC

Argentina postpones payments of bonds issued under local law, some US$ 10bn

President Fernandez and Economy Minister Guzman have repeatedly said Argentina cannot pay its public debts until it is given time to revive the economy Argentina is postponing payments on up to US$ 10 billion debt (interests and capital) that was issued under local law until the end of the year, the government said in a decree late on Sunday, in a bid to relieve pressure over looming foreign currency payments.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:18:00 UTC

Chaos in Argentine banks as crowds tried to collect government assistance

“The situation was overwhelming,” central bank chief Miguel Pesce. “We're facing a situation that's unprecedented around the world, there isn't a guide to handling this situation.” Argentines left their homes in droves as banks reopen their branches to give out government assistance. Thousands of pensioners and citizens who receive government welfare lined up outside banks to get their monthly payments. Branches, which have been closed since a nationwide lockdown began March 20, reopened Friday so that citizens who can't receive the payments on debit could receive the cash.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:05:00 UTC

Moody's downgrades Argentina's credit rating

Moody’s said the rating reflects the combination of measures such as extension to maturities, lowering of interest rates and cuts to principal amounts of debt Moody's downgraded Argentina’s credit rating on Friday, cutting it to Ca from Caa2 in a move that reflects the firm’s expectation that private creditors will incur losses as a result of the government’s efforts to restructure its sovereign debt.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 08:36:00 UTC

Ecuador's health system has collapsed: bodies of dead in the streets of Guayaquil

The body of a coronavirus victim lays abandoned in front of a medical center in Guayaquil. EFE / DIARIO EXPRESO (DIARIO EXPRESO) The authorities in Ecuador have collected at least 150 bodies of people who died due to the coronavirus from the streets and homes of Guayaquil, the main port city in the country. The latest data reveals that there have been at least 3,100 have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 08:30:00 UTC

Covid-19 pandemic: Brazilians have greater trust in the Health than in president Bolsonaro

Minister Mandetta plays up his background as doctor and health official, but allies say his political savvy also make him an important counterweight in the cabinet. Brazilians feeling frustrated with president Jair Bolsonaro are turning to another voice for guidance and reassurance. Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta has emerged from relative obscurity with technocratic daily briefings presenting the latest science, stressing the need for social distancing measures and earning praise from across the political spectrum.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 08:08:00 UTC

World Bank US$ 35 million emergency loan for Argentina to combat coronavirus

Health Minister, Ginés González García said the resources will support provincial health schemes and deliver medical equipment The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$ 35 million emergency loan to support the Argentine government efforts to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health system through the procurement of medical supplies and equipment. This financing forms part of a World Bank fast track package of up to US$ 14 billion to help countries cope with the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:21:00 UTC

500th anniversary of first mass in Argentina was celebrated in Rio Gallegos

In his letter to Bishop García Cuerva, Pope Francis said, “Dear brother, although you will be physically celebrating alone, your people, our Argentine people, will be accompanying you” On Wednesday, April first, the Bishop of Río Gallegos, Bishop Jorge García Cuerva, presided over a Eucharistic celebration in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated on what would later be Argentine soil.

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Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:54:00 UTC

Argentina under lockdown makes time to recall the start of the Malvinas conflict, 38 years ago

Full exercise of sovereignty over Malvinas, respecting the way of life of its inhabitants in compliance with International Law, are a standing and unrenounceable objective of the Argentine people "On April 2nd we claim sovereignty over our Malvinas Islands" was the message twitted by Argentine president Alberto Fernandez on the Malvinas War Veteran and Fallen Day, outstanding date in the official calendar of the country which recalls that 38 years ago, Argentine forces invaded the Falklands, triggering a conflict that would end 74 days later.

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