First written on 15 May 2020, featuring insights from ICLEI South America Secretariat
The COVID-19 pandemic reached South America slightly later than Asia and Europe. Most countries, with the notable exception of Brazil and Nicaragua, adopted national quarantine measures that restricted movement of people across regions and limited activities to essential ones. While lockdown measures helped to slow down the spread of the infection, most governments are battling with its economic and social consequences and are struggling with its enforcement. Nonetheless, numbers show that lockdown is saving lives. As of 13 May, Argentina has registered 6,879 cases, with 344 deaths, against 188,974 cases and over 13,149 deaths in Brazil.
ICLEI South America office shares observations in the regions, with a special focus in Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia, where staff members are stationed.