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Which Latin American presidents are rising to the coronavirus challenge?

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Latin America's main economies were already dealing with major issues before the coronavirus pandemic, but the health crisis has forced presidents to push all other problems aside and rise to meet the challenge.

The BNamericas team has prepared a series of articles to understand which leaders are doing just that, and which ones are letting their populations down by downplaying the threat.

In Colombia, support for President Iván Duque is rising after he imposed some of the strictest measures in the region.

In Peru, President Vizcarra's approval rating reached a new high after his country took the lead in closing down borders to face of the crisis.

In Mexico, the opposite is true, as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged citizens to continue with their daily lives despite the threat of the pandemic.

In Brazil, the measures adopted by President Jair Bolsonaro are considered insufficient, with only 35% giving their approval, while 54% believe that the measures adopted by state governments are better suited for the situation.

In Argentina, more than 65% are "very happy" with the total quarantine and other announcements made by President Alberto Fernández, who has relegated the country's delicate economic situation to the background.

And in Chile, the frequent nationally televised speeches by President Sebastián Piñera to keep citizens informed has helped to partially recover his approval rating, which plummeted to the lowest level in the region during the social upheaval that rocked the country last October.

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