The huge informal economy and dependence on tourism in Latin America has made controlling the spread of the coronavirus harder.
Why it matters: Around half the workers in Latin America and the Caribbean depend on the income they make from unregulated, precarious and untaxed jobs and businesses, without the cushion of contracts or social security benefits.
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Those millions of street vendors, domestic workers, garment factory employees and others cannot work from home or afford to stay home if they're sick.
All this increases SARS-CoV-2 exposure and reduces the effectiveness of lockdowns.
The global drop in travel threw many people out of work and hundreds of millions of dollars in public revenue were lost, hitting tourism-dependent and poor Caribbean countries like the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba especially hard.
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