Fútbol thrives as COVID-19 ravages South America
Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Peru currently have some of the highest coronavirus infection and death rates per capita in the world.
- Officials also acknowledge a lack of PCR tests and an undercount of COVID-related deaths.
- Economic circumstances, like living day to day and a lack of stimulus checks like those in the U.S., have meant many Latin Americans must still leave home to work.
Between the lines: Despite the high number of COVID cases, Brazil is set to host the Copa América tournament in two weeks.
- “I regret the deaths, but we have to live,” said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, about hosting the tournament.
- Brazil is averaging around 2,000 lives lost to coronavirus daily. The variants first detected in Brazil, now named Gamma and Zeta, have torn through South America.
- The country will hold presidential elections this Sunday; candidates are neck and neck in polls.
- Coronavirus has barely made a blip in the campaigns, which are more focused on socioeconomic inequalities and corruption.