Latin America update: Protests at Mexico factory
Factory workers in Ciudad Juárez in Mexico have held a protest demanding that the Regal plant, which assembles electric motors for household appliances, be shut down. The employees said their work was not essential and that not enough was being done to protect them from coronavirus. Mexico has said that it could force the closure of non-essential companies if they refuse to suspend operations
The Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago almost 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador, have 78 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Forty-eight of those who have tested positive are crew on board a tourist ship. About 30,000 people live on the islands, which have a limited medical facilities.
A two-month-old baby from the Warao indigenous group has tested positive for coronavirus, officials in Brazil say. The baby’s parents fled the economic crisis in Venezuela. Health experts have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could “wipe out” indigenous communities in Brazil.