Brazil is expected to pass 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, as the virus continues to ravage Latin America's largest country even as cities reopen bars, restaurants, and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The far-right leader used his veto power to remove articles obliging people to wear masks in shops and churches.
Argentina's economy is expected to contract by 12% in 2020, a monthly central bank poll of analysts showed on Friday, worse than the previous estimate of a 9.4% decline, as output is ravaged by measures to tame the coronavirus outbreak.
Portugal's tourism sector reacted with fury and disbelief at Britain's decision to maintain a quarantine regime for travelers coming from Portugal despite having a higher number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday he was still unsure whether he would go to Washington DC next week to celebrate a new North American trade treaty, citing concern about possible US tariffs on aluminum.
The Falkland Islands Tourist Board annual assessment of TripAdvisor ratings shows that the overall satisfaction of visitors to the Islands increased in 2019. There are almost 5,000 ratings of accommodation, attractions, pubs, restaurants, and tours in the Falklands on TripAdvisor, with 600 of these being posted over the last 12 months.
One of Argentina's main creditor groups, the Argentina Creditor Committee, confirmed on Friday that it had tabled a new offer to the country's government as part of ongoing debt renegotiations.
Banks owed money by cash-strapped Argentine soy crusher Vicentin are accusing the company of diverting hundreds of millions of dollars and have asked a U.S. court to subpoena records as part of a lawsuit, including wire transfers and bank statements.
Mass testing revealed an outbreak of novel coronavirus infections at plants operated by JBS SA and BRF SA in Brazil's Center West, the labor prosecutor's office in Mato Grosso do Sul state said on Friday, citing company data.
A union representing workers at planemaker Embraer filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking to dismiss the company's board, after a US$4.2 billion deal with Boeing Co collapsed amid the pandemic, leaving the Brazilian jet-maker scrambling for a new path forward.