Guatemala reports two deaths from COVID-19 and 35 new cases in 24 hours

Guatemala recorded the death of two men, 78 and 85 years old, from the coronavirus on Wednesday, and reached 21 fatalities caused by the disease, which has already infected 798 people in the country.

The Guatemalan Minister of Health, Hugo Monroy, updated the death toll and also explained that in the last 24 hours 35 new cases were detected after carrying out 547 tests.

Monroy highlighted in a national television intervention the recovery of seven people between Tuesday night and this Wednesday, and asked Guatemalans to continue applying hygiene and social distancing measures to avoid infections.

The Central American country has recorded 21 deaths from the coronavirus, the first on March 15, two days after authorities disclosed the first infection.

Most of the 21 deceased are seniors, but at least two men under the age of 40 are also included.


Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei ordered last Sunday the gradual opening of the country in stages after 51 days of quarantine, although he maintained the curfew from 06:00 in the afternoon to 04:00 in the morning.

Displacements of the population have increased in the last three days compared to weeks ago, according to municipal sources, and on Wednesday there were at least two crowds of people.

The first took place in the east of the country, in a massive burial to the mayor of the municipality of Teculután (Zacapa department), César Augusto Paz Castañeda, assassinated last Monday.

The other agglomeration was in the department of Chimaltenango (west), where residents gathered at the arrival of Giammattei to order the end of a sanitary fence in the municipality of Patzún, where there were no cases of coronavirus in the last 14 days.

The use of a mask has been mandatory in Guatemala since April 13 by order of Giammattei.

The health authorities have recorded two community cases or local transmission of the total of 798 infections in the country.


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