Dominican Republic, First LatAm Nation to End Covid Curbs; Ecuador, Peru Reopen Border

A roundup of Thursday’s news from across Latin America

Bloomberg Línea
February 17, 2022 | 09:08 PM

Bloomberg Línea — As Covid-19 cases decline and the application of the vaccine progresses, the Dominican Republic is removing all restrictive measures imposed against the pandemic, including mask wearing, and becoming the first country in Latin America to do so.

And Ecuador is also rolling back restrictions, and which include the reopening of its border with Peru, which is scheduled to take place on Friday.

On the region’s stock markets, the only index to close with gains was Colombia’s Colcap, although with a marginal 0.02% increase, while Chile’s main index Ipsa (IPSA) saw the sharpest losses in the region, down 2.23%, and Brazil’s Ibovespa (IBOV), the leading index of the largest stock exchange by market capitalization in Latin America, closed with a drop of 1.43%, while Mexico’s S&P/BMV IPC index shed 1.80%

Following is a roundup of Thursday’s news from Bloomberg Línea and Bloomberg reporters across Latin America.





Costa Rica:

Dominican Republic:


El Salvador:


This is how the region’s markets closed on Thursday, February 17: