August 05, 2020 - La Paz, Bolivia, Latin America - Bolivians perform thanksgiving rituals and to Pachamama or Mother Earth and ask her to protect them from the novel coronavirus.
August 05, 2020 - Caracas, Venezuela, Latin America - Venezuelan authorities have begun a cleanup effort after an oil slick washed up over the weekend on the coast of western Falcon state, known for pristine beaches and nature preserves, the environment ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday.
August 05, 2020 - Brasilia, Brazil, Latin America - Expiring emergency payments to millions of low-paid Brazilian workers and the likely restoration of growth-choking austerity measures - all while unemployment continues to rise - risk torpedoing growing optimism that Latin America's economy may not tank as much as feared.
August 05, 2020 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - Argentina faces a plethora of economic challenges from a deepening fiscal hole to an inflated peso, tight capital controls and a biting recession after it reached an agreement with creditors to restructure around $65 billion in debt.
August 05, 2020 - Brazil, Latin America - Aritana Yawalapiti, one of Brazil's most influential indigenous leaders, has died of COVID-19 at a hospital in the central city of Goiânia.
August 04, 2020 – Brazil, Latin America - Brazilian officials say they can start making COVID-19 vaccines developed by British and Chinese researchers within a year, but experts say it will take at least twice as long, leaving Brazil reliant on imports to slow the world's second-worst outbreak.
August 04, 2020 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - Argentina said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with three creditor groups to restructure $65 billion in sovereign debt, potentially helping it climb out of a damaging default and revive the recession-hit economy.
August 04, 2020 – Brazil, Latin America - Rio de Janeiro-based offshore supplier Ocyan plans to participate in bids as soon as this year to grow its business in Brazil's waters, the world 2019s largest market for floating platforms, its Chief Executive Officer Roberto Bischoff told VSBCnews sources.
August 04, 2020 – Lima, Peru, Latin America - After a period where cases of the novel coronavirus appeared to plateau, Peru is seeing a renewed acceleration in daily cases.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, chuckling in an online video about "mold" in his lungs, having spent weeks in isolation after catching the novel coronavirus.
"I just did a blood test. I was feeling kind of weak yesterday. They found a bit of infection also. Now I'm on antibiotics," Bolsonaro said in a livestream video, without elaborating on the infection.
"After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs," he said, referring to nearly three weeks he spent at the official presidential residence. He tested positive for the coronavirus on July 7 and then negative last Saturday.
His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, tested positive on Thursday, according to a statement from the presidential palace. Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes also said he had tested positive for the virus, making him the fifth cabinet minister diagnosed publicly.