Following the confirmation of reported cases of avian flu in the north of Chile, Public Health ministry officials visited the area over the weekend where hundreds of dead pelicans have been found, pointing out that so far there is no evidence of the bird flu contagion of humans and calling on people to avoid contact with dead or sick birds.
The Cruise Lines International Association, Clia, has moved to reassure the industry's trade after a “rogue wave” hit Viking Polaris killing one passenger, and injuring four others on a cruise in Antarctica. The accident on the expedition ship took place on November 29, a couple of weeks after two people died during a Zodiac excursion on a Quark Expeditions sailing in the polar region.
At least two people have been reported killed in demonstrations throughout Peru opposing the government of President Dina Boluarte, who was sworn in last week after Congress impeached Pedro Castillo Terrones following his attempt to dissolve Parliament.
Ursula von der Leyen convened the first meeting of the Global Gateway Board on Sunday to review the achievements of the first year of implementation of this plan. The President of the European Commission said the EU wants to counter the new Chinese Silk Road and identify projects for 2023 in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
Argentine health authorities have announced an alarming increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, which has doubled in the past week and grown above 1100% in one month. COVID-19-related deaths were reported to have amounted to 7 last week.
Japanese researchers from Yamagata University have announced the discovery of some 168 new geoglyphs in Peru's Nazca Lines.
Guatemala City's La Aurora International Airport was closed temporarily Sunday due to the presence of ashes from the nearby Fuego volcano, it was reported. The air terminal resumed operations three hours later after the wind shifted to the south, according to Civil Aeronautics Director Francis Argueta.
Exports of Brazil's traditional alcoholic beverage cachaça have bounced back following a drop due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, it was reported. A rum made of sugar cane juice and one of the key ingredients of caipirinha, cachaça is currently sold to 72 countries.
Enrique Antía, mayor of the Uruguayan department of Maldonado where the country's most important beach resorts are located, said during the weekend that everything was ready for the upcoming summer season.
The loss of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance is the stuff of legend. She was crushed in the ice of the Weddell Sea in 1915. The subsequent escape of Shackleton and his men is an epic of heroism and survival.