COVID-19 is hitting Caribbean and Latin American economies hard. Can they survive?

MIAMI — From three-month suspensions on loan repayments and utility payments in El Salvador to putting cash in the hands of laid-off Jamaican hotel workers, Latin American and Caribbean nations are unveiling financial aid packages to help stave off the economic crisis created by the coronavirus.But the bailouts — like the drastic sanitary and confinement measures being imposed by countries to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus — come with a cost. And no one can say if they will be enough.“This is going to take a big and huge economic toll on our cou…

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