Argentina Wednesday supported from its role within the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) previous requests filed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who insisted the Venezuelan administration of Nicolás Maduro needed to investigate the numerous reports on violations and hold the perpetrators accountable.
Brazil's National Council of Secretaries of Health (Conass) Wednesday reported that intensive care units (ICUs) at eight States were full up to over 80% of their capacity with COVID-19 patients and that the situation was likely to worsen in the coming days.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday refused to resign despite calls from the opposition that such a move was necessary after scandals hit 10 Downing Street.
The Asian nation of Singapore Wednesday became the first country to join the Pacific Alliance as an Associated State to the group made up of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
Corruption in Latin America is one of the most notorious problems on the region's agenda after a decade of major judicial operations that exposed corruption schemes involving governments and companies alike. According to Transparency International (TI), corruption has been entrenched in Latin America for more than a decade with little progress and many setbacks in terms of democracy and human rights.
Uruguay's Presidential Secretary Álvaro Delgado Tuesday encouraged more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after the Health Ministry announced 50.08% of the population has already taken a third dose immunizer against the virus.
Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benítez Tuesday announced he shall not be attending the Forum for the Progress of South America (Prosur) because he continues to be down with COVID-19, but will participate in the event in a virtual manner.
Argentina's health authorities have decided to stop requiring a negative PCR test on national citizens and residents entering the country as of Jan. 29, it was announced Tuesday. Other lighter measures will also become effective that day.
Globally, the number of new COVID-19 cases increased in the past week (17-23 January 2022) by 5%, while the number of new deaths remained similar to that reported during the previous week. Across the six WHO regions, over 21 million new cases were reported this week, representing the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.
Inflation in Latin America for the year 2021 was way above projections, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has said in a report issued from its Santiago headquarters.