The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEPAL) warned on Thursday that the region is one of the most affected demographically by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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According to a document presented by Simone Cecchini, director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Demography (CELADE), between 2019 and 2021, the region’s population will lose an average of 2.9 years in life expectancy.
Cecchini also emphasized that of the sub-regions that make up the region, Central America was the one that fell the most in this indicator, where the decline was 3.6 years.
Similarly, the CELADE data ensure that by the year 2025 life expectancy will not reach the levels achieved before the pandemic.
Significantly, population growth had started slowing in 1991, but as a result of the onslaught of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, the strong change in context, other factors catalysing this process became apparent.
In a context where population fertility is declining, it is estimated that Latin America and the Caribbean will have approximately 660 million inhabitants by the end of this year, while its maximum population is estimated to reach 751.9 in 2056. million inhabitants…
After many of these processes were delayed due to the pandemic, ECLAC stressed the importance of conducting the census to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the system.