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LATIN AMERICA HAS A VAST array of distinct politics, cultures, geographies and histories. But some commonalities may help explain why -

Why despite at least a month of advance notice that the virus was on its way, many countries struggled to buffer the blow.

REGIONWIDE - 53 PERCENT OF WORKERS ARE estimated to toil in the informal sector, selling food on the streets, working part-time construction jobs or cleaning the homes of wealthier families.

Many live in densely crowded parts of the region's largest cities, in neighborhoods where sanitation is poor and access to fresh water is limited. By and large, they have no paychecks, no pensions, no insurance, no benefits.

For many, to quarantine is to starve. ''If I can't work, I can't eat, it's as simple as that,'' said Mario Mufioz Cruz, a shoe shiner in Mexico city.

IN RECENT WEEKS, Brazil has often recorded the world's highest number of new infections and daily deaths - and shows no sign of slowing down.

Peru and Chile have more cases per capita than the United States. Cases continue to climb in Mexico, which recently became one of the few countries anywhere to hit 1,000 deaths or more in a single day.

And as virus storms through Latin America, corruption has flourished, the already intense polarization in some countries has deepened and some governments have curtailed civil rights.

In EI Salvador thousands of people have been rounded up, many for violating stay-at-home orders, despite the Supreme Court's demands that the detentions end.

Economies already stretch thin before the virus lie on the precipice of ruin. Millions are out of work, with millions more at risk.

The United Nations has said that the pandemic could result in a drop of 5.3 percent in the regional economy - the worst in a country - forcing some 16 million people in extreme poverty. 

INEQUALITY - poor leadership - Loose governance AND weak health systems just about add everything, to a fast growing disaster.

In late March, the Mexican government calmly predicted that its coronavirus outbreak would peak in April. And few weeks later, it changed its prediction to mid-May. And then to late May. And then to June.
Now, with new infections surging and the government facing growing anger, even ridicule, over its constant guesswork, many Mexicans have drawn  their  own conclusion : No one really knows.

''Obviously, prediction is not a guarantee of precision,'' Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the federal health official in charge of the nation's virus response, has acknowledged.

In Mexico, where President Andres Manuel Lopez has suggested that a clean conscience helps ward off infection - ''no lying, no stealing, no betraying, that helps a lot to not get coronavirus,'' he recently told reporters.

Not all is dire in the region. Nations like Uruguay and Costa Rica seem to have avoided the worst so far., while an almost military-style health care intervention in Cuba has left the island nation in better standing than

In some South American nations, such as Chile and Colombia, the cases are just beginning to surge.

In Argentina, ''we're doing well because of everything we did, but there is a real possibility that the increase in cases will turn into a problem that is difficult to manage,'' said Gines Gonzales Garcia, the health minister.

Mexico's president, Mr. Lopez Obrador, also mocked the virus early on, continued to hug and kiss  his supporters and encouraged Mexicans to patronize restaurants until the end of March.

Even his coronavirus czar, Mr. Lopez Gatell, claimed that the president's ''moral authority'' would  protect him from the virus, and until last month, he dismissed the utility of facemasks.

''One of the fundamental lessons that is coming out of this pandemic that governments make a difference,'' said Octavio Gomez Dantes, a researcher at Mexico's National Institute of Health.

''The evolution of pandemic depends in an important way on the responses of various governments.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Governance, Poverty, and State-of-Affairs in Latin America, continues. The World Students Society thanks authors Azam Ahmad, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Daniel Politi, and Ernesto Londono.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of Latin America and then the world. See Ya all prepare for great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

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