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Herminia Carpio looks at the body of her brother Guillermo covered by a slim mattress outside the General Hospital before his body is taken away by a funeral home in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Carpio said her 58-year-old brother died the previous afternoon, and according to the hospital he died of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Virus slams Bolivia as hospitals say: 'There is no space'

Jul. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Police in Bolivia's major cities have recovered the bodies of hundreds of suspected victims of the coronavirus from homes, vehicles and, in some instances, the streets. Hospitals are full of COVID-19 patients and short of staff, keeping their gates closed and hanging out signs that...

Funeral home workers wearing full protective gear as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, carry the coffin of a man, whose death was not related to COVID-19, into the General Cemetery in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia police recover 420 dead in possible COVID-19 cases

Jul. 21, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A special police unit collected 420 bodies over the preceding five days in two Bolivian cities, and 80% to 90% of the deceased were thought to have succumbed to COVID-19, authorities said Tuesday. Col. Ivan Rojas, director of the special crime-fighting force, said his officers...

A worker wearing a protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against a new coronavirus at a theater in Sejong Center in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. South Korea’s new virus cases have bounced back Tuesday, a day after it reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea's new virus cases bounce back after drop

Jul. 20, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea’s new virus cases have bounced back to above 40, a day after it reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has reported 45 additional coronavirus cases over a 24-hour...

A man shows bottles of chlorine dioxide he purchased at a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Friday, July 17, 2020. Long lines form every morning in Cochabamba, one of the Bolivian cities hardest hit by the new coronavirus pandemic, as people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent that has been falsely touted as a cure for COVID-19 and myriad other diseases. (AP Photo/Dico Solis)

In Bolivian city, people buy fake - and toxic - virus cure

Jul. 17, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (AP) — Long lines form every morning in one of the Bolivian cities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic as desperate people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent that has been falsely touted as a cure for COVID-19 and myriad other diseases. The rush...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for cabinet ministers at the presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia. In a new flare-up in Bolivia’s power struggle, the government was criticized for promoting a group of military officers without approval of the opposition-held legislature, as required by the constitution, announced on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

Pandemic and power struggle hobble Bolivia ahead of vote

Jul. 16, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia is grappling with two crises: the pandemic and bitter political discord ahead of elections scheduled for September, nearly a year after the chaotic ouster of the former president, Evo Morales. In a new flare-up in Bolivia’s power struggle, the government was criticized...

Public transport drivers take part in a protest demanding an increase in fares because quarantine measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have decreased their income, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia tries to hold elections amid pandemic, risking chaos

Jul. 2, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Deserted during months of quarantine, the streets of Bolivia are roiling again with protests that have forced the government into an uncomfortable challenge: trying to resolve the country's long-term political crisis with elections in the middle of a rising pandemic. If plans hold,...

Pedestrians, some wearing protective face masks, walk through a street market in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 25, 2020. With Latin America now the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic, but with hundreds of millions relying on these markets for food and livelihoods, the debate now centers on whether and how they can ever operate safely. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Latin America's critical food markets fuel virus spread

Jun. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's main wholesale market detects dozens of coronavirus cases every week. A covered food market in Venezuela was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in the country. And every single merchant in a vast market in Peru has tested positive for the virus. As the coronavirus...