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Latin America and the Caribbean Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 10 (Reporting Period: 1 - 30 November 2020)

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Regional Highlights

● The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Latin America and the Caribbean at a time of low growth, marked inequality and vulnerability, growing poverty, weakening of social cohesion and increasing expressions of social discontent.

● Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the region and are currently at or near the highest levels observed since the start of the pandemic.

● Most countries in the region have weak and fragmented health systems, which do not guarantee the universal access to health care needed to address the COVID-19 crisis.

● The impact is high on the frontline health workers, who often lack sufficient PPE.

● The crisis is also having a considerable impact on women’s access to health care and, in particular, to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.
Lockdown measures enforced in countries have also led to a sharp increase in gender-based violence (GBV).

● Contraceptives are expected to suffer shortages or stockouts by the end of this year.

● The pandemic is also showing increased incidence among vulnerable populations, particularly indigenous people, afro-descendants, prisoners, migrants, and LGBTI people.

● Urgent funding is needed to meet these rising needs.