Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on politics, media news + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.
Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today.
- A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association shows a 90% increase in the number of coronavirus cases among children in the U.S. during the last four weeks. The news comes after Trump’s official campaign account had to delete videos in which Trump is seen saying that children are “almost immune” from the virus. [CNN]
- The Trump administration is again thinking about tightening immigration policies under the pretext of the virus. According to NYT, Trump is considering temporarily blocking legal citizens and permanent residents from re-entering the U.S. from abroad if authorities believe they might have become infected with the virus. At the moment, Latin America is among the hardest-hit regions in terms of deaths and infections.
- COVID-19 misinformation has been spreading in 25 different languages, according to a study by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The analysis showed that conspiracy theories and other falsehoods in about 87 countries have led to death and injuries. [CNN]
- Foreign Policy reports on the reckoning over colonial histories and the toppling of statues that happened in pockets of Latin America in 2019, particularly as Indigenous communities fought against rampant inequality. However, more work remains, given how ingrained colonial legacies are in the region.
- With Lucha Libre arenas closed, many of the 5,000-7,000 wrestlers in Mexico are struggling to make ends meet. Most of them don’t have health insurance or pensions, and many of them have had to turn to food assistance or underground fights during the pandemic. [Reuters]
- After a partial lockdown at the beginning of March, Cuba reported a record 93 cases of coronavirus on Monday. The island has been planning a reopening, but the higher numbers could stall things. [Reuters]
- Ivy Queen is planning a virtual duet with none other than Celia Cruz for Calle Ocho Live, an online music festival happening October 4. Queen will reportedly record one of Cruz’s salsa songs. [Billboard]