Latin American governments struggle to fight coronavirus

COVID-19 pandemic has hit Latin America at one of the worst possible times, when the region is facing slow economic growth and, in some countries, a recession.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit Latin America at an already vulnerable time for the region.

Public health services are severely lacking, and some countries are already in a recession.

While some governments are trying to prepare for the worst, others are ignoring the World Health Organization’s warnings on the need for social distancing and self-isolation.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Santiago, Chile.