Of 602 media workers known to have died from the new coronavirus, more than half were from Latin America, with 303 fatalities, says Press Emblem Campaign.
Former leader Evo Morales makes dramatic homecoming from Argentina as his socialist MAS party sweeps back into power a year after he resigned amid violent protests and fled Bolivia.
The spiritual leader of the Catholic world recently criticised capitalism, suggested he found the free market system inadequate when it comes to meeting basic human needs.
The messages are disparate, ranging from the sign-of-the-times standard "Everything's strange" to slogans like "Public health for all".
UNICEF says that a busier than normal Atlantic Ocean hurricane season has been predicted for 2020, and Covid-19 could "spread easily in crowded emergency shelters."
The developing countries are feeling the devastating effects of Covid-19 — the poor are the worst hit.
Two months ago, the US accounted for 75 percent of the Covid-19 cases in the Americas, the WHO's regional director Carissa Etienne said.
Relations have been tense since 2017 when Venezuela became the first Latin American country to receive sanctions from the EU, including an arms embargo.
The country continues to ease restrictions as the rate of new Covid-19 cases in Pakistan leapt from around 2,000-3,000 a day in late May to as high as 6,800 a day in mid-June and deaths are nearing 150 a day.
“It’s not easy to be away from your country. At times one only comes to suffer, to withstand mistreatment, hunger - and economically things aren’t good.”
Covid-19 has now killed over 439,000 people worldwide since the outbreak started in China last year, according to tracking websites. Here are the developments for June 16:
Move comes after months of criticism from experts saying Brazil’s statistics are woefully deficient, and in some cases manipulated, so it may never be possible to gain a real understanding of the depth of the pandemic in the country.
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