What we learned this week: December 5 to 12

THE WEEK IN CORONAVIRUS The lives lost to Covid-19 crossed the 40,000 threshold on Tuesday, climbing from 39,512 to 40,431 between the end of last week and yesterday while the confirmed cases of contagion rose from 1,454,631 to 1,482,216 in the same period. Coronavirus debate tended to focus on the upcoming summer holidays ahead of … Read more

Uruguay sees ‘first wave’ threatening long-protected Covid gains

Nine months after recording its first coronavirus case, Uruguay is seeing an outbreak in what President Luis Lacalle Pou has called the “first wave,” threatening to undo the hard-fought gains throughout the pandemic. The government is taking a heavier-handed approach to beat back infections including tighter border restrictions and a bill sent to Congress seeking … Read more

Corn up to US$5 a bushel and soybeans spike

Maize climbed to US$ 5 a bushel and soybeans rallied for a sixth day, driving both crops to fresh six-year highs, as farmer protests and dry weather in South America threaten to further tighten supplies. Grain markets surged in the past month on adverse weather and as some nations moved to restrict exports to ensure … Read more