Analysis: Rise in coronavirus cases in Paraguay precipitates political crisis

The government of Mario Abdo Benítez is facing the pandemic with the streets on edge and in the midst of a tough battle with the ruling party.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In early March, Elena had to take her diabetic father with symptoms of Covid-19 to a public hospital. She had to rule out the private clinic, as she wished, because prior to the hospitalization they asked for a deposit of 30 million guaranis to enter, about US$4,900.

"You betrayed me, you brought me here, they are going to kill me in this place," her father told her when she arrived. "And all his fears came true," laments Elena, who gives a fictitious name for fear of reprisals. "We went into the emergency room . . .

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