September 24, 2020

Guatemala reaches 80 cases of coronavirus after six infections in 24 hours



Guatemala reached 80 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, including 3 deaths from the disease, after adding 6 people infected in the last 24 hours, an official source reported.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the 6 cases in a brief message to the nation in which he also detailed that 60 people infected with COVID-19 are isolated in treatment.

“Of those 60 people there are 3 in intensive care, and the 3 are in a stable state,” added the 63-year-old president, doctor and surgeon who was invested on January 14.

Guatemala has counted to date 3 people died from the coronavirus -2 last weekend – and another 17 people have recovered from the disease, according to official data.

Giammattei urged citizens to “make an effort” to “stay home” during Easter, especially starting this Wednesday at noon when the workday ends for religious festivities and traditionally thousands of Guatemalans leave for the beaches and other tourist attractions in the country.

“As long as we stay at home, we will continue defeating this virus,” said the president.

The Central American country reported last weekend that it had carried out around 1,200 tests to detect the disease since the health emergency began in February.

Guatemalan health authorities also released last Sunday the first community or local transmission case, detected in the municipality of Patzún, in the department of Chimaltenango, 80 kilometers west of Guatemala City.

The 16 million inhabitants have been under a curfew since March 22 from 04:00 in the afternoon to 04:00 in the morning, a measure that could be extended for the next few weeks.

Giammattei also established during Easter the prohibition to move between the 22 departments that divide the territory.

The first positive case of coronavirus in Guatemala was registered on Friday, March 13, a man in his 30s who returned from Europe.

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