The New York Times published on its website a note in which it indicated that Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are the Latin American countries that obtained “the best marks for their response to the coronavirus”. The conclusion follows from a survey conducted in the region and published on Friday. In the same survey in which the president’s management of the pandemic stood out Alberto Fernandez, those consulted labeled Brazil like the country of “Worst performance” facing the health crisis, according to the renowned American newspaper.
The article, titled “Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina obtain the best marks in Latin America in a survey of responses to the pandemic”
, is based on a survey by the Trespuntozero consultancy, in which the 10 thousand people distributed in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
The American newspaper highlighted that the performance of the Argentine president against the pandemic had an approval of 68%, that of his Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Lacalle Pou, was 77.8% and that of Paraguayan Mario Abdo, 76.7%.
The newspaper drew a parallel with the performance of these three leaders and that of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right skeptic of the pandemic. In that sense, he recalled that on Thursday Uruguay registered 947 cases with 28 deaths; Argentina, 69,941 cases with 1,385 deaths and Brazil 1,495,628 with 61,862 deaths.
Likewise, the Reuters agency article, replicated by the New York Times, pointed out that in eight of the 10 countries in which the study was carried out, respondents considered Uruguay one of the best controllers of the pandemic.
The NYT highlighted on the contrary that the word “Brazil” was mentioned by the respondents when they were consulted by the region that “did the worst job against the pandemic”. To graph these numbers, the newspaper published a Reuters quote from Shila Vilker, director of the Buenos Aires-based consultancy Trespuntozero: “The countries surveyed were clear about which model not to follow: Brazil.”
Along the same lines, the article indicates that Brazil “has more confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths than anywhere else outside the United States.” “President Jair Bolsonaro has criticized the confinement and social distancing orders issued by governors and mayors. Echoing the president of the United States, Donald Trump, he has recommended untested antimalarial drugs to treat the virus,” he recalled about the questioned measures taken by the mandatary.