Helder Ferreira do Vale The author is a professor at Hankuk University's Graduate School of International and Area Studies (GSIAS). Several Latin American countries have been in turmoil during recent months. The combined crises of the novel coronavirus pandemic together with mounting widespread discontent with unequal economic growth are leading Latin America to the brink of a socioeconomic collapse. As Latin America becomes the new epicenter of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the continent's long-standing problems are becoming more evident than ever. The novel coronavirus pandemic presents a new moment in the long and persistent history of inequality throughout Latin America. Governments in the region are showing themselves incapable of stopping the inevitable increase in poverty and inequality resulting from the global health crisis. The pandemic is now hitting Latin America hard with close to 1.2 million confirmed cases and more than 60,000 deaths across the region (as of June 6). Brazil is the tragic regional front-runner with approximately 50 percent of infections. Peru comes next with 15 percent of the total cases, and then Chile with around 10 percent of cases in Latin America. If the size of the population of the country is considered, Chile with its 18.8 million inhabitants… Read full this story
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