* Global COVID-19 case surpass 13 million * Chilean central bank seen holding interest rates * Latam stocks rise along with broader markets By Shreyashi Sanyal July 13 (Reuters) - Most currencies in Latin America started the week on the back foot on Monday, as coronavirus infections continued to rise around the world, while the Chilean peso edged higher ahead of a policy meeting later in the week. Brazil's real fell 0.6%, leading declines among regional peers while oil-linked currencies including the Mexican and Colombian pesos tracked lower oil prices. Global coronavirus infections passed 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, which also shows the disease accelerating the fastest in Latin America. The Americas account for more than half the world's infections and half the deaths. MSCI's index for Latin American currencies, has rebounded significantly from a selloff in April on the back of global stimulus, but analysts warn the boost could soon fade if the spread of the virus is not brought under control across the region. Chile's peso firmed against the dollar, with attention shifting towards a policy meeting on Wednesday. Chile's central bank is expected to leave the benchmark interest rate at 0.5% in July and keep it there for nearly two years. Opposition lawmakers in Chile late last week pushed forward a constitutional reform to allow Chileans to withdraw as much as 10% from their pension funds amid the coronavirus crisis. "Chile's central bank is likely to keep rates steady with the next policy move expected to be a hike sometime closer to 2022," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York. "The focus with Chile has mainly been on the Chamber of Deputies approval to allow Chileans to tap their retirement savings. If the bill passes, this could drag down Chilean stocks, bonds and the peso." Stocks in Latin America rose on Monday, taking cues from Wall Street as the U.S. earning season kicks off for the second quarter. Santiago stocks rose the most in the region with a 1.5% gain, with miners leading the charge as prices of copper, Chile's main export, touched their highest in more than two years. In Costa Rica, President Carlos Alvarado on Sunday said the nation will begin negotiations with the International Monetary Fund to access a financial aid package to help offset the economic blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies; Stock indexes Latest Daily % change MSCI Emerging 1078.16 0.83 Markets MSCI LatAm 1977.87 0.35 Brazil Bovespa 100674.24 0.64 Mexico IPC 36444.33 -0.06 Chile IPSA 4092.37 1.54 Argentina MerVal 0.00 0 Colombia COLCAP 1149.07 0.11 Currencies Latest Daily % change Brazil real 5.3534 -0.60 Mexico peso 22.4813 -0.17 Chile peso 789.2 0.41 Colombia peso 3614.95 -0.21 Peru sol 3.5018 0.00 Argentina peso 71.2200 -0.39 (interbank) Argentina peso 123 3.25 (parallel) (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru)
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