As Coronavirus Spreads in Nicaragua, Official Denials Amplify Risk

Nicaragua has become a coronavirus hot spot in Latin America but its authoritarian leader is endangering public health by ignoring the threat and hiding infection data, according to doctors and relatives of victims.

President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, have refused to introduce quarantines or limits on commerce. “Staying at home is the way to the country’s destruction,” Mr. Ortega said at a rare appearance to deliver a May Day speech.

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