“Sell the house”: Latin Americans beg and borrow to pay COVID-19 debts

Latin America, where countries are seeing a mix of reopening and new waves of COVID-19, has been hard hit by the pandemic, with 22 million people pushed into poverty.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sandra Contreras, camped outside Lima’s Villa el Salvador hospital, is running out of funds to pay for her mother’s COVID-19 treatment, a sign of thin welfare systems around Latin America that are dragging many into debt and poverty.

“I have pawned all my things,” Contreras, 34, told Reuters between tears outside the hospital, where she has set up a hammock as she waits for news of her mother, infected amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the Andean nation.

“I said to my siblings: ‘What do I care if we have to sell . . .

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