BOGOTA, Colombia

After watching the dramatic course of events in Italy and Spain due to the coronavirus outbreak, countries in South America are desperately trying to adopt measures to prevent deaths and soften the economic impact of the pandemic.

However, health workers in some Latin American countries are suffering from shortages of protective equipment and some countries report their health systems are already overwhelmed even though experts predict the peak of infection has not been reached in most of the region.

Although the entire continent has taken action against the pandemic, the Brazilian president is still encouraging people to ignore

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