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The latest news, politics and current affairs from the Americas.
  1. The novel coronavirus can live for days on animal skin, according to researchers from the biggest US military bioweapons laboratory.In Fort Detrick, Maryland, army researchers tested the virus on the surface of various substances, including uncirculated paper currency supplied by the US Secret Service and unused cotton-polyester fabric, according to a non-peer-reviewed paper posted on the preprint site medRxiv.org on Friday.They found that of the samples, the virus could survive the longest at…
  2. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday approved a law obliging use of masks on streets and in public transport to prevent Covid-19 infections, but he vetoed clauses that would have required them in churches, schools, shops and factories.Bolsonaro argued that forcing people to use masks in such places could violate property rights.He also vetoed an article that would have forced the government to provide masks to vulnerable groups and that would have required commercial establishments to…
  3. Researchers in Brazil say they have detected the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 in sewage sampled in November.The conclusion comes days after scientists in Spain found the virus in waste water samples collected in March 2019, and adds to suggestions that the virus spread quietly before the alarm was first raised in China in late December.“[The virus] was being shed within the community for several months prior to the first cases being reported by regional, national or Pan-American authorities…
  4. Venezuela’s opposition has cried victory after a London judge ruled that the British government had “unequivocally recognised” opposition leader Juan Guaido as the troubled Latin American country’s president.The ruling came in a dispute over US$1 billion in gold reserves that Venezuela’s central bank wants released from the Bank of England to help fund the country’s response to the coronavirus crisis.Venezuela arrests US ‘mercenaries’ after failed beach raidThe Bank of England said it was…
  5. Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation centre in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said.Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were reported in serious condition.Apparently the attackers shot everyone at the rehab centre. State police said nobody was abducted.Photos purporting to showed the scene suggest those at the centre were lying…
  6. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s latest education minister reportedly offered his resignation Tuesday just five days after his appointment, creating a new headache for the embattled leader as he struggles to start a new chapter at the ministry and shore up flagging support.Economist Carlos Alberto Decotelli, facing a slew of allegations that he embellished his academic credentials, tendered his resignation in the afternoon, Brazilian media reported.Bolsonaro said in a Facebook posting: “Due…
  7. Brazil said Saturday it had reached a deal to produce up to 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University, which the country is helping to test.The vaccine, which Oxford is working on with pharmaceuticals group AstraZeneca, is one of the most promising of the dozens that researchers worldwide are racing to test and bring to market.Under the US$127 million deal, the Brazilian government’s public-health institute, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), will…
  8. The death toll from the coronavirus in Latin America is expected to skyrocket to 388,300 by October, with Brazil and Mexico seen accounting for two-thirds of fatalities as other nations in the region contain their outbreaks, researchers said on Wednesday.The region has emerged as a new global hotspot for the fast-spreading pandemic as deaths surpassed 100,000 this week and cases have tripled from 690,000 one month ago to 2 million.High poverty levels and large informal sectors – which mean many…
  9. A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck southern Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, killing at least six people and cutting off isolated villages, and causing tremors hundreds of kilometres away in Mexico City.The fatalities were near the quake’s epicentre in Oaxaca, a mountainous state known for its coffee, mescal and Spanish colonial architecture.Rockfalls blocked the winding mountain roads between the state capital of Oaxaca city and the coast. A clinic and other buildings in hill…
  10. China is keen to first understand Japan's “attitude” before beginning formal negotiations to join the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, according to former commerce minister Chen Deming.Last month, Premier Li Keqiang became the first member of China’s leadership to express Beijing’s interest in joining the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP), which was signed in March 2018 by 11 nations including Australia, Japan and New Zealand.“We…