Guatemala, Apr 9 (EFE). The President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, assured this Thursday that the suspension of the school year in the country will continue “probably for the rest of April” due to the coronavirus.
Giammattei told journalists that the measure applies to all levels, from pre-primary to university, and urged students to “take advantage now because the half-year vacation will surely be lost.”
The school year in Guatemala, which runs from January to November with a break between June and July, was suspended by Giammattei on March 16 due to the health emergency caused by COVID-19.
Guatemala has recorded 95 cases of coronavirus, including three deaths, according to data from this Thursday from the Guatemalan Ministry of Health.
The Central American country added 15 new infections between Wednesday and Thursday, according to the same source.
Until last weekend, Guatemala had carried out approximately 1,200 tests to detect the disease born in China.
Giammattei announced on Wednesday that people who do not wear a mask will be fined starting next Monday, April 13, as a measure to prevent the virus from spreading.
The 16 million inhabitants in the country have been under a curfew since March 22, which prohibits movements from four in the afternoon to four in the morning, and during this Easter it is also not allowed to move from one department to another.
The Guatemalan president explained during the week that “the worst” is yet to come for Guatemala, although he also contemplates, as he said this Thursday, the opening of “shopping centers” next week depending on the situation in the country.
Weeks ago, the president also indicated that the peak of the disease could reach Guatemala between the end of April and the first 15 days of March.
Giammattei ordered a suspension of work on March 16 and also the cessation of public transport, in addition to closing the borders that same day – except for the land route with Mexico to repatriate Guatemalans.
A day later, however, he backed down in the regulations regarding work and assured that any company that wanted to could continue their work if they notified it online and obtained private transportation for their employees.
Of the 95 people who have suffered from the virus in Guatemala, 17 have successfully recovered, according to authorities.