As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, Latin American and Caribbean nations are enacting a number of drastic measures to try to combat the coronavirus. Here is a snapshot of some of the steps being taken in the hemisphere as of Tuesday, March 24.
Measures have become even more stringent, with places like the Turks and Caicos and French overseas territories instituting stricter measures. There are only a handful of countries that have not confirmed cases, while many more have cut themselves off to U.S. flights and tourists from elsewhere.
Argentina: On March 20, President Alberto Fernández ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down and all Argentines to stay in their homes until March 31. Previously, on March 15, the country had closed its borders to all non-resident foreigners. The country now has 266 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths.
Brazil: Brazil closed all its land borders on March 19. However, there are currently no entry restrictions for visitors arriving by air or sea. Brazil, the first country in the region to register a case of the coronavirus, has also implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The country has more than 1,500 cases.
Source: The Miami Herald