That drop had an unequal impact between those who could work remotely and a large sector of informal workers who were left overnight without the possibility of earning a living. The region was also the one that accumulated the most days of education lost, which continued to deepen the inequality between those who have access to technologies for remote education and those who do not.
Poverty and unemployment increased, corruption meddled in the management of the pandemic and, in many cases, political elites continued to show a lack of empathy with an increasingly distraught population. Until the unrest exploded, and then the young people led the protests despite the repression and the pandemic. While in Bolivia the protests had continued intermittently until the new presidential election was called, in Peru they took the form of an outburst.
The reason was that Congress (with little legitimacy) declared the popular interim president Martín Vizcarra vacant (remember that President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, elected in 2016, had resigned in 2018 to avoid a similar move). The anger of the citizenry manifested itself in the streets and forced the president appointed by Congress to resign. It was followed by the protests in Paraguay in March 2021 and the May explosion in Colombia, where the fuse was lit by a tax reform and, despite a brutal repression with deaths and disappearances, the protests continue a month later.