European Union will donate to Guatemala 70,000 tests to detect the coronavirus

The European Union (EU) will donate to Guatemala 70,000 tests to detect "in real time" the SARS-CoV coronavirus, which has already caused the death of 16 people in the Central American country.

The donation of the tests is a "joint effort" of "various public entities and international organizations" as confirmed this Friday by the Government of Guatemala in its communication channels and the European Union itself.

The 70,000 "RT-PCR" tests are "the result of support from the European Union" through the European Virus Archive, a "consortium of 25 laboratories" including the "Institute of Medical Immunology, University of Charité de Berlin, "said the EU in a press release.

"We have different ongoing cooperation programs, especially in the health sector, which are being reoriented to contribute to the COVID-19 response," said the ambassador of the European Union in Guatemala, Stefano Gatto.

The Central American country has carried out around 500 tests daily since ten days ago when it incorporated four health system laboratories to carry out the exams.

Previously, that is, between February, March and part of April, the Ministry of Health carried out between 100 and 200 tests daily.

Authorities have not released the total number of tests performed since the health emergency began.

The resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Guatemala, Rebeca Arias, recalled that "there are 20 UN agencies in Guatemala working closely with the Government to win the battle against the pandemic."

Guatemala has counted 544 people infected and 16 died from COVID-19 according to the latest update from the authorities.

The Central American country has been ceasing work since March 16 and under a curfew since March 22 on the orders of the president, Alejandro Giammattei, a 64-year-old retired doctor and surgeon invested last January.


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