A total of 435 Europeans, mostly French, boarded a plane on Monday to leave Guatemala for the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, supported by their embassy, in the midst of the SARS-CoV-2 health emergency ( coronavirus).
An Evelop airline plane landed Monday morning at La Aurora International Airport, south of the Guatemalan capital, to pick up the French who decided to return to their country, under a special rate of 350 euros (about $ 390), as confirmed by various official and diplomatic sources.
The trip was coordinated by the French Ambassador to Guatemala, Jean François Charpentier, and his team, who wished the returnees a good trip, as published by the official Twitter account of the diplomatic mission in the Central American country.
The French embassy detailed that citizens of other European countries who were in Guatemala also returned on the plane, although nationalities and numbers were not specified.
The Guatemalan General Directorate of Civil Aviation, which accompanied the entire process of repatriation of European citizens, confirmed the flight of the aircraft and also announced that on Sunday German, Italian and Canadian citizens were sent to their country.
These rescue flights, which have been carried out all over the world, have been made so that people "return home to meet their family and friends and to take care of themselves during this pandemic," as the Canadian embassy in Guatemala said on Sunday. in a Twitter post.
Until Monday, Guatemala has registered a total of 36 positive cases for the coronavirus, of which 10 have "recovered" after testing negative and after rest care in hospitals, while a 57-year-old man remains in a delicate state. and another, 85 years old, passed away on March 15.
To alleviate the health emergency due to the COVID-19 disease pandemic, the Government of Guatemala decided on March 16 to reduce business activities, suspended urban and internal public transportation, and a week later decreed a touch 12 hours a day.
That same March 16, Guatemala also officially closed its borders due to the coronavirus.
The curfew, which runs from four in the afternoon to four in the morning, has led to the apprehension of 4,775 people who have violated the presidential provision, after a week of its application.