Latin America News: COVID-19 in Mexico and Ecuador

In the last two weeks, coronavirus cases in Mexico dramatically rose from 26 cases on March 13 to 848 confirmed cases, 2623 suspicious cases, and 16 deaths on March 28. Health officials begged the public to stay indoors for at least one month to slow the spread and not overwhelm the ill-equipped Mexican health care system. On Friday, March 27, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador finally halted public gatherings and asked people to stay home. This occurred after the President had just recently hugged crowds, kissed babies, encouraged people to go out, and held up two amulets he dubbed “my bodyguards.”

As of March 28, Ecuador had 48 fatalities tied directly to COVID-19, 25 suspicious deaths, and 1,823 confirmed cases. Because of problems identifying coronavirus victims, the government is building a mass grave with the capacity to hold 300 bodies and possibly more. A mausoleum will eventually be constructed over the site.

COVID-19 has not yet peaked in Latin America. While the region is vulnerable to the health and economic effects of the coronavirus, Latin America’s greatest need is for a Savior. Not one to resuscitate the economy, initiate reform, or deliver a cure for COVID-19, but One to save the people from their sins. Many have put their faith in men, in statues, or in their own works. They need to hear of the truths found in the Bible. Pray even now that Latin American hearts will be open to the Gospel and that many would put their faith in Jesus alone.

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Tracy Paver is a missionary to Chile working alongside veteran church-planting missionaries Jason and Lori Holt.

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