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Central America: Central geographic region of the Americas
Central America is a region in the southern tip of North America and is sometimes defined as a subregion of the Americas. This region is bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The combined population of Central America is estimated at 44.53 million (2016).

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El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele said on Monday he would propose to lawmakers to gradually re-open the economy from June 6, in the wake of strict curbs to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in..
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Nicaragua reports more pneumonia deaths, some tied to COVID-19

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Guatemala says 50 migrants deported from U.S. test positive for coronavirus

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Honduras extends curfew by one week in fight against coronavirus

The government of Honduras on Sunday extended a curfew through April 26 in an effort to contain the coronavirus which has infected 472 people and killed 46 in the impoverished Central American country.
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Cuba will send medical team to Honduras to fight the coronavirus: health minister

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El Salvador's congress extends national coronavirus emergency law

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Guatemala registers 16 new coronavirus cases, infections rise to 153 - president

Guatemala reported 16 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the Central American nation's total to 153 cases, President Alejandro Giammattei said.
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Nicaraguan president missing in action for nearly one month and counting

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Guatemala seeks curbs on U.S. deportation of immigrants

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Costa Rican Health Minister Daniel Salas said on Thursday that there are 30 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American nation, bringing the total number or cases to 231.
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Mexico to let U.S. return Central American migrants caught at border

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Honduran government says confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 24

The Honduran government said on Thursday the number of registered cases of coronavirus infection in the Central American country had risen to 24.
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Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner on Friday said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American country has risen to 36, and includes three foreigners.
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