Latin America is the world’s hot-spot for COVID-19 infections and deaths. Although the region holds just over 8% of the world’s population, since June it accounts for over 50% of registered daily deaths. Approximately 12% these deaths are in Mexico (over 600 per day) and 22% in Brazil (approximately 1,000 per day).

The University of Miami’s COVID-19 Policy Observatory for Latin America presents up-to-date, over-time, state and national data on the public health policies adopted by governments to curb the pandemic, focusing on Mexico and Brazil.

The Observatory is a project led by the University of Miami through its Institute for Advanced Studies of the Americas, College of Arts and Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, and School of Communication in close collaboration with a growing number of think tanks and universities from across the Americas, including CIDE and Tómatelo a Pecho in Mexico.

Public Policy Adoption Index

What is a Public Policy Index? It’s a measure of how many public policies a country has adopted to control the pandemic. The higher the number, the more policies a country has adopted. Our index is based on an index created by Oxford University. We track several public policies intended to help control the pandemic. These policies include the closing of schools and non-essential businesses, and stay-at-home orders, among other policies. Measures are weighted based on the date when they were implemented, and on how long they’ve been in place.