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Ricardo Darín says pandemic unmasked inequality and environmental damage

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Ricardo Darín says pandemic unmasked inequality and environmental damage

The new coronavirus unmasked the social inequality and damage to the environment that plague the planet, Argentine actor Ricardo Darín said on Friday, in a virtual dialogue with colleagues Geraldine Chaplin and Luis Tosar at the opening of the Panama International Film Festival.

"This pandemic, this confinement, this social isolation, which needs to be more austere, has unmasked us" as a society, said Darín, 63, at the festival that is held virtually as a result of the covid-19's containment measures.

In his opinion, "another great pandemic that we have experienced for a long time is that of unequal opportunities and ways of life".

Darín is among the 200 personalities who signed a text at the beginning of May calling for an "ecological catastrophe" to be avoided. The text was also signed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Pedro Almodóvar, Robert de Niro, Jane Fonda, Jeremy Irons, Cate Blanchett, Penélope Cruz and Juliette Binoche, in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

For the Argentine actor, those who live in poverty, without access to health services, basic services and decent housing are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

The occasion, said Darín, from his home in Buenos Aires, is also an "alarm, an alert that needs to sound inside us to realize the extent to which we are doing wrong things in this place where we live".

He lamented that it is necessary to stop in "a situation as extreme as this to realize how far we are exaggerating as a consumer society".

As of Friday, more than 5 million people worldwide have been infected with covid-19, of which more than 330,000 have died.

In Latin America, the virus is advancing at an alarming rate, especially in Brazil, with more than 20,000 deaths.

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