Paraguay suspends classes and mass acts to stop the expansion of the coronavirus

Asunción, Mar 10 (EFE) .- The Paraguayan president, Mario Abdo Benítez, announced on Tuesday the suspension of public or private events of mass attendance, as well as educational activities, for a period of 15 days as a measure to prevent the expansion of the coronavirus, with two confirmed cases in the South American country.

The president said in a press conference at the Government Palace that these are "drastic measures" that are taken for the first time in the country before the threat of the disease.

For his part, the Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni, said in the same appearance that the measures include the suspension of other events such as concerts, religious meetings, policies and activities in closed places such as cinemas or theaters.

Likewise, it is established that mass sports shows should be held without a public, also starting this Tuesday and for a period of fifteen days.

The measures were announced on the same day that Salud confirmed a second case of coronavirus in Paraguay, that of an 83-year-old person who was in Argentina (Buenos Aires and Córdoba) in February and returned to the country this March.

"We cannot rule out the circulation of the virus in the country," said Mazzoleni.

Within the framework of these measures, Abdo Benítez announced that as of tomorrow the Government would begin a round of talks with representatives of civil society to inform them of the measures taken.

Last Saturday, the Government confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Paraguay. a 32-year-old Paraguayan who traveled to Ecuador for business in recent days.

At the beginning of this month. Paraguay announced the indefinite suspension of the visas of Chinese citizens before the international health alert caused by the coronavirus.

The Government activated at the end of February at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción, a scanner control system for flights from contagion countries, which is completed with an interview and isolation in case a passenger is suspected.


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