Covid-19 in Latin America: This is how the week of May 3 begins in some of the most affected countries

(CNN Spanish) – A first case of the covid-19 variant identified in India, B.1.617, was detected in Mexico. Argentina exceeded 3 million cases of coronavirus. The mayor of Quito will go to trial for alleged embezzlement in purchases of covid-19 tests. 75% of Peruvian workers declared having temporarily stopped working due to the pandemic, according to a Gallup poll.

This is how the week of May 3 begins in some of the Latin American countries most affected by covid-19.


Argentina surpassed the 3 million reported cases of covid-19, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

It is the second Latin American country to reach that grim milestone after Brazil, which surpassed it in August last year.

Some 7 million people have received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine and more than 976,000 have received both doses.

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The mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, will go to trial, along with 13 other defendants, for alleged embezzlement in the purchase of covid-19 tests last year. This was reported on Friday by the Ecuadorian Attorney General’s Office on Twitter.

Yunda said that his defense showed throughout the judicial process that “there is no embezzlement” and that “we are ready to prove it in court.”

The Prosecutor’s Office links Yunda as “alleged mediate perpetrator” and 6 other people as alleged co-perpetrators in the irregular purchase of 100,000 PCR tests, which would mean a loss to the State of US $ 4.2 million.

The crime of embezzlement, according to the country’s penal code, could give a penalty of 10 to 13 years in prison.

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According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Quito acquired PCR tests with a lower percentage of virus detection.

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Seventy-five percent of Peruvian workers reported that they temporarily stopped working during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday that found that nearly 2 billion adults in the world temporarily stopped working during the pandemic.

The country is at the top end, after Zimbabwe, with 79% of workers saying they experienced a job stoppage, and the Philippines, with 77%.

Overall, the survey found that 53% of adults reported that they had stopped working at their job or business for a period of time because of the health crisis.

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The Brazilian Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, asked the countries that have “extra doses of vaccines” to share them with Brazil “as soon as possible.”

The country received 3.8 million doses of AstraZeneca through the COVAX program on Sunday and is expected to receive a total of 10.5 million doses from the program before the end of the first half of this year.

Only about 6% of the 210 million inhabitants of Brazil have been fully vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health.

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The first case of the covid-19 variant identified in India, B.1.617, was detected in the state of San Luis Potosí, in north-central Mexico.

The director of Health of San Luis Potosí, Miguel Ángel Lutzow said that the first advances in the epidemiological tracking indicate that the contagion could have occurred when being in contact with people who were in the United States.

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On Saturday, the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, reported that the vaccination program in the country will be “accelerated”.

As of this Monday, people under 44 years of age may be vaccinated, and from the week of May 10, it will be the turn of those between 39 and 35 years old.

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A new report from Colombia’s National Statistics Department (DANE) reported last week that the number of families eating less than three meals a day tripled since the pandemic began.

The report surveyed more than 15,000 people in 23 urban areas and found that 68.8% reported consuming three meals a day in March 2021, while 90.4% of those surveyed said they used to consume three meals a day earlier. of the pandemic.

President Iván Duque said Sunday that he will withdraw a controversial tax reform bill after four consecutive days of intense protests across the country that have left people injured and dead.

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With information from Belén Zapata, Mitchell McCluskey, Rodrigo Pedroso, Ana María Cañizares, Stefano Pozzebon, Ryan Prior and Cristopher Ulloa.

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