The Government of South Korea made a delivery of 22,700 tests for COVID-19 to Paraguay, the country that reached its highest number of tests this Friday, within a containment strategy that has managed to reduce infections and advance de-escalation.
To this donation, 5,000 masks were added by a company from the Asian country, which was formalized in an act at the Chancellery with the presence of the Chancellor, Antonio Rivas, and the Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni.
In the same act, the Korean ambassador, In Shik Woo, framed the donation in the humanitarian assistance that his country offers to the international community in the fight against the coronavirus, while highlighting Paraguay "as" the best country in the region to respond correctly to the pandemic. "
In turn, Mazzoleni pointed out as an example to follow the "Korean successful experience" in aspects such as the capacity of samples, detection and rapid isolation of people.
The event took place on the same day that Mazzoleni gave the go-ahead to enter, starting Monday, phase two of the de-escalation, which must now be approved by the president, Mario Abdo Benítez.
The minister was in favor of that step before the decrease in infections by COVID-19, with only two new positives in the registry this Friday and eleven fatalities after 881 samples, the largest to date.
"We are in a situation between moderate and alert, an auspicious level that allows us to advance in phase," Mazzoleni said at a press conference.
The new phase of the government's so-called "smart quarantine" ends on June 15 and allows the opening of shopping centers, but excluding leisure activities within them.
It also authorizes the execution of civil works, Catholic weddings and baptisms, but with a maximum of ten people, and individual training for provisional football teams.
The government's containment policy, with the result of the lowest records in the region, has been overshadowed by several cases of irregularities in offers and tenders to take supplies from abroad.
Thus, Mazzoleni announced this Friday the termination of the contract with the largest supplier of imported medical materials from China, a day after the Comptroller General of the Republic indicated that this "acquisition is vitiated by irregularities in all its stages."
The suspension affects the companies Imedic and Eurotec and voids the purchase of 6 million surgical masks, 80,000 protective suits, 40,000 face shields, 30,000 eye shields, among other supplies.
Previously, there were other scandals in the purchase of materials that led to the resignations of those responsible for the National Directorate of Civil Aviation and Petroleos Paraguayos (Petropar).