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Weekly commute by canoe for Panama teacher to reach off-grid village kids
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Latin America
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Weekly commute by canoe for Panama teacher to reach off-grid village kids

Moises AVILA / AFP - March 15, 2021

Once a week, teacher Graciela Bouche takes a canoe from her small town in the Panama rainforest to an indigenous village some two kilometers away where spotty…

Prolonged school closings challenge patience in Panama
Latin America
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Latin America
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Prolonged school closings challenge patience in Panama

Moises AVILA / Ivan PISARENKO - March 10, 2021

Yoselin was left without a preschool. Brithany’s virtual classes were suspended. Rafael still struggles with the computer, while Santiago has an at-home teacher who works outside of…

Panama’s economy registers historic decline due to pandemic
Latin America
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Latin America
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Panama’s economy registers historic decline due to pandemic

AFP - March 2, 2021

The economy of Panama, one of the largest in Central America, suffered a historic contraction of 17.9% in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the effects of…

Panama defends hiring Cuban doctors to fight pandemic
Latin America
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Latin America
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Panama defends hiring Cuban doctors to fight pandemic

Juan José Rodríguez / AFP - February 9, 2021

Panama's health minister on Monday defended the deployment of more than 200 Cuban doctors to help the Central American country battle the coronavirus, despite criticism of the…

Mexico says economy contracted 8.5% in 2020
Latin America
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Latin America
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Mexico says economy contracted 8.5% in 2020

Sofia Miselem / AFP - February 1, 2021

Mexico's pandemic-ravaged economy, the second largest in Latin America, shrank 8.5 percent in 2020, official data showed Friday, in what analysts said was the worst slump since…

Panama reopens land borders to tourists
Latin America
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Latin America
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Panama reopens land borders to tourists

The Tico Times - January 30, 2021

The Panamanian government has announced the reopening of the country's land borders. "The National Immigration Service announces the reopening of land borders, for the entry and exit…

Panama begins Covid-19 vaccinations
Latin America
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Latin America
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Panama begins Covid-19 vaccinations

Juan José Rodríguez / AFP - January 21, 2021

Nurse Violeta Gaona on Wednesday received in her left arm the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 in Panama, the country which accumulates the highest number…

Panama to receive reduced first batch of Pfizer vaccines
Latin America
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Latin America
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Panama to receive reduced first batch of Pfizer vaccines

AFP - January 20, 2021

Panama on Wednesday will receive its first 12,840 doses of Pfizer's vaccine against Covid-19, a much smaller shipment than expected, due to an announced global delay in…

Costa Rica closes 2020 with large fiscal deficit, though better than expected
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica closes 2020 with large fiscal deficit, though better than expected

AFP - January 19, 2021

Costa Rica closed 2020 with a fiscal deficit of 8.3% of GDP, the highest in recent decades although lower than the official projection, the government announced Monday.…

Panama to rent cadaver containers in face of health system collapse
Latin America
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Latin America
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Panama to rent cadaver containers in face of health system collapse

AFP and The Tico Times - January 12, 2021

The Panamanian government plans to rent refrigerated containers in which to store the dead in the face of the collapse of morgues and hospitals due to the…