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Gideon Long in Bogotá

Bolivia’s health minister was arrested on Wednesday as part of an investigation into claims the government paid grossly inflated prices for ventilators to treat coronavirus patients.

Marcelo Navajas had only been in the job six weeks. His lawyer Rosario Canedo confirmed his arrest, describing it as “an infamy”.