12. Coronavirus (virtual chapter)

Yanomami express their determination to vanquish COVID-19. Image courtesy of Amazônia Real.

Abstract

This is a virtual chapter that will be built up in this web-page and included in the next edition of the Voices of Latin America book.

The spread of Covid-19 across the region; the very different approaches taken by the various governments –from full-on denial such as that of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, to the pro-active caution of governments in Argentina, Costa Rica and others; the effects in terms of numbers of infections and deaths; the experience of particular populations, especially indigenous and rural communities; and the effects upon the economy, employment, the self-employed and the poor

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News about this chapter

Brazil: the Munduruku vs illegal gold mining

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Munduruku people on the Tapajós tributary of the Amazon are engaged in a struggle for survival against the long-term effects of mercury poisoning from gold mining, a new influx of illegal miners and the Covid infection they bring with them.

Mexico: informal workers and the pandemic

Mexico has a vast army of informal workers who receive little in the way of formal state benefits. Covid lockdowns have hit them hard and only neighbourhood cooperation is helping them survive.

The Lula effect: shaking things up in Brazil

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Lula's return to the political stage has transformed the discourse, with the centre right and even the military starting to wonder whether to continue their support for Bolsonaro

Brazil: Kadiwéu people adapt to survive

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Kadiwéu people from Mato Grosso do Sul have survived against the odds. Now their eye-catching traditional designs are being used on fashionable bags and dresses. Will they benefit, and will they survive deforestation and the pandemic?

Bolsonaro is a double danger to the world

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By letting Covid multiply Brazil's president endangers the whole world. As do his policies which promote the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Lula has been exonerated. Will he now run in 2022?

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About the Author

Emily Gregg is a LAB correspondent and author. She lived in Arica, Chile, until returning to the UK because of the pandemic. She also wrote The Student Revolution chapter in LAB’s book Voices of Latin America (2019).

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