Latin America and COVID-19

The world epicenter of the coronavirus is now in Latin America, where more than 250,000 people have died, with Brazil and Mexico becoming some of the worst hit in the world.

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Links

“Latin America: The global epicenter of COVID-19”
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/latin-america-the-global-epicenter-of-covid-19/
 
“Latin America Passes 250,000 Death Toll from COVID-19”
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-08-20/latin-america-passes-250-000-death-toll-from-covid-19
 
“Covid-19 Derails Latin America’s Bid for Middle-Class Prosperity”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-derails-latin-americas-bid-for-middle-class-prosperity-11596728203

“Bolivia Twice Delays Elections, Citing Pandemic”
https://www.npr.org/2020/08/09/900703256/bolivia-twice-delays-elections-citing-pandemic

“Bolivia confirms presidential election for October 18 despite calls for earlier date”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bolivia-election-protest/bolivia-confirms-presidential-election-for-october-18-despite-calls-for-earlier-date-idUSKCN25A015
 
“Blockades test main forces in Bolivia amid election crisis”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/blockades-test-main-forces-bolivia-election-crisis-200817211436440.html

Assessment

  • Writing:  What do you think postponing elections will mean for countries like Bolivia that are already feeling the economic and social effects of the pandemic?
  • Debate:  Given the spread of COVID-19, postponing elections in countries where absentee voting is not feasible is the right thing to do.
  • Poll:  In an effort to ensure fairness and objectivity, do you think international institutions like the United Nations should oversee elections in unstable regions?
  • Short Answer: How do you think the COVID-19 will affect election administration and voter turnout around the world?

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