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Legislators from all parties highlighted the figure of José Mujica, on his last day in the Senate
José Mujica
José Mujica Credit: Frente a Aratiri (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

"There is a time to arrive and there is a time to go in life." Thus began his final speech in the Senate, and thanked all the legislators who in these years have "endured" and with whom he shared "hard hours and others even funny."

Known worldwide as "the poorest president in the world", and until today a senator of Uruguay, he left his place at 85 years old and haunted by an immunological disease, receiving praise from his colleagues from all parties.

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Cavani revealed that he had coronavirus and asked Tabárez not to be called to the Uruguayan National Team
Cavani revealed that he had coronavirus and asked Tabárez not to be called to the Uruguayan National Team
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Soccer star Edinson Cavani revealed he contracted Covid-19 weeks ago, after spending a few days on vacation in Spain. After a dinner with former PSG colleagues, his girlfriend began to feel the symptoms.

He also said he told Óscar Tabárez, Uruguayan national team coach, that he was not fit to play in the World Cup Qualifiers.

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Merkel warns Amazon deforestation threatens EU-Mercosur deal
Angela Merkel meets Emmanuel Macron
Angela Merkel meets Emmanuel Macron Credit: Bundeskanzlerin (Public Domain)

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated she has "considerable doubts" about backing the EU-Mercorsur deal due to environmental concerns. The chancellor met Thursday climate campaigners in Berlin.

Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for the German government, told reports that "Serious questions have arisen due to the ongoing environmental concerns "as to whether the implementation of the agreement in the intended spirit would be guaranteed at present."

The trade deal between the EU and the Mercosur states of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, would create the world's largest free-trade zone.

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After a new Covid-19 outbreak, Uruguay enforces contact tracing app for public transport users
CoronavirusUy
CoronavirusUy

In a response to the newest Covid-19 outbreak in the country, the Uruguayan president told that CoronavirusUy, the official coronavirus mobile app, would be mandatory when using public transport.

It was also announced all patients and medical staff from Montevideo and Canelones states would be tested for Covid-19, and no one will be able to visit Uruguay without a negative test for the new coronavirus.

Uruguayan government reported a total of 32 new cases Tuesday.

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Uruguay is the only Latin American country in EU's Covid-19 'safe list'
Munich International Airport passport control
Munich International Airport passport control Credit: Vasyatka1 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The European Union has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from July 1, and the only Latin American country is Uruguay.

As infection rates in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia are still high, their nationals will face travel restrictions.

The current list is formed by Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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Uruguayan President and vice-president deny surveillance after viral audio where VP said: "everything is recorded"

Last week, a conversation between the Uruguayan vice president and the public relationships person Fernando Cristino was publicized.

In that record, the vice president said that "everything is known, everything is recorded".

He further mentions they have "a team" of lawyers dedicated to "process every kind of extorsions or requests they receive the whole time", so he (Fernando) should not mention "the Luis' dealer" because phones are wiretapped.

President Luis Lacalle Pou has now publically denied the accusations.

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Uruguayan president and fellow government members test negative for Covid-19
Luis Lacalle Pou
Luis Lacalle Pou Credit: Marcelo Pinto/APlateia

Lacalle Pou tested negative for Covid-19, also did the other government members that last week were in a meeting with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

It is reported that Natalia López, the person with Covid-19, was wearing a mask during the meeting with Pou.

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Uruguayan president Lacalle Pou in quarantine waiting for Covid-19 test results
Luis Lacalle Pou
Luis Lacalle Pou Credit: Alan Santos/PR (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Lacalle Pou and other members of the government will remain isolated, after having been in contact with a person who tested positive of COVID-19

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Argentina exits Mercosur trade talks

Mercosur released a statement last Friday (April 26) that Argentina decided to withdraw from ongoing trade negotiations with the South American trade bloc to focus on the growing economic crisis at home. The bloc, formed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, has recently been hobbled by political squabbling and government changeovers.