Chile's President Sebastián Piñera Monday appointed surgeon María Teresa Valenzuela to take over from pediatrician Paula Daza as Health Undersecretary. Daza turned in her resignation Sunday after announcing she was joining far-right candidate José Antonio Kast in his quest against leftist Gabriel Boric at the Dec. 19 presidential runoff.
Last Friday WHO designated variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO's Technical Advisory Group (TAG-VE). This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it causes.
The United Kingdom is scheduled to host a summit of Foreign and Development Ministers from the G7 next month in the city of Liverpool. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will welcome counterparts from the US, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, and the EU over 3 days, from Friday 10 until Sunday 12 December.
Chavist candidate Xiomara Castro seemed on track Monday morning to become the first female president of Honduras after 38.94% of the votes had been counted. Castro, a former first lady whose husband Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a coup in 2009, had obtained 53.44% of the votes, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE), after Sunday's elections.
Barbados is getting ready to cut ties with Queen Elizabeth II and replace her with her current representative, Governor-General Sandra Mason, as head of state this week.
Argentina's Health Minister Carla Vizzotti has admitted a Health Pass was coming up effective Dec. 1 as new strains of the coronavirus were being detected in other continents. The new pass would be mandatory for higher risk activities, events involving large crowds and indoor gatherings for people aged 13 and over.
Chilean far-left presidential hopeful Gabriel Boric from the coalition between the Broad Front and the Communist Party would easily beat his far-right opponent José Antonio Kast in the Dec. 19 presidential runoff by 53.9% of the votes against 31.2%, according to a Pulso Ciudadano survey released Sunday.
Argentina exported some 408,000 tons of fish products during the first ten months of the year with a value of US$ 1,731bn, which is 18% above 2020, but 11% below 2019 the last year before the pandemic. However, the evolution of prices, comparing 2020/2021 has been erratic, as has been the final destination of the product, according to the Argentine Chamber of fishing vessels, CaPeCa.
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo Terrones has been under heavy criticism over the past few days as people are still trying to understand who the head of state's allies is.
Former British Ambassador to Buenos Aires has been chosen to head the Scotch Whisky Association, something which was no surprise at all in the Argentine capital, where he proved to be quite a connoisseur on the subject.