Peru miners halt operations to slow Coronavirus spread; Chile braces for impact

According to Reuters, many mines in Peru were closed last week in an attempt to prevent coronavirus spread in the country, after its southern neighbor Chile had a spike in cases. While the Peruvian government suspended constitutional rights (free movement and assembly), it has allowed some “leeway to carry out critical operations', and despite this, major companies in Southern Peru have chosen to slow or stop production. Border closures and production drops have also occurred in Chile.

I chose this article due to its focus on industries based around the Andean Mountains, and their reliance on exporting materials. The article mentioned China in particular, the largest trading partner of both countries, and the mineral rich Andes Mountains that the countries rely on for those exports.