January 22, 2021

Opponents fear use of COVID-19 for a “virus genocide” in Nicaragua

The opposition Blue and White National Unit unveiled on Friday its fear that the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, used the COVID-19 pandemic to commit what Pope Francis has called “viric genocide”, given the way he has handled the situation.

According to the National Unit, Ortega’s lack of actions against the pandemic, the promotion of agglomeration activities, and the denial of data on COVID-19, is a strategy against Nicaraguan society, similar to the one that produced hundreds of killed in 2018, when he carried out armed attacks to quell the popular rebellion against him.

“We have a criminal regime, guilty of crimes against humanity, and for the second time in less than two years, it is betting on exterminating us,” said the Unit’s Board of Directors member, Ivannia Álvarez, in a press videoconference.

“This is called, as Pope Francis has said, a viral genocide, and it will also be classified as a crime against humanity,” said opposition leader Violeta Grandera, also a member of the Unit’s Board of Directors.

According to government data, which has not provided information on the pandemic since last Wednesday, in Nicaragua only 16 cases of COVID-19 have been registered, which have left five dead, with no “local community transmission.”

The official figures are rejected by various medical and scientific unions in Nicaragua, which assure that it is not possible for the pandemic to behave in this country in a different way from that of the rest of the world, and less when Cuba and Costa Rica have reported people who they spread in Nicaraguan territory.

Data from the independent Citizen Observatory COVID-19 also contradict the Government, since it has detected at least 632 cases, including 16 deceased people.


In the midst of the controversy, the Nicaraguan Government announced more than a hundred agglomeration activities, including fairs, parties, sports competitions, and patronal celebrations, despite the fact that the Catholic Church suspended this type of activity.

In a “message to the nation”, issued by the National Unit, its members, about a hundred organizations and civil movements, called on Nicaraguans to stay home, avoid going to hospitals and have contact with a trusted doctor not to overload the health system, create community solidarity networks in each community, and seek information from reliable sources.

The pandemic, caused by the SARS-coV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has been a global health and public policy issue, but has become one of human rights in Nicaragua, where there is a history of Denial of the right to health to opponents by the authorities.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have warned of what is happening in Nicaragua with the issue of health in the midst of the pandemic.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have also expressed their concern about the use of COVID-19 in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua, which has no restrictions due to the pandemic and only started with certain social prevention measures last week, faces COVID-19 in the midst of one of the worst socio-political crises in its history, due to the disconnection of President Ortega with a apparent majority of Nicaraguans, who point him as dictator.


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