The death toll in Honduras due to the coronavirus increased this Saturday to 174 with seven new confirmed cases, while those infected already number 3,743, reported the National Risk Management System (Sinager).
Of 715 new laboratory tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 266 were positive, to bring the number of COVID-19 contagion cases to 3,743 nationwide, the state agency on radio and television reported.
He pointed out that, of the 266 new cases, 223 correspond to the department of Cortés, in the north of the country, which continues to be the most affected by the disease.
The Sinager also registered 19 new infections in the Yoro department, also in the north; 10 in Francisco Morazán, where the capital Tegucigalpa is located; 9 in Santa Bárbara (west); two in Olancho (east), one in Ocotepeque (west), one in La Paz (center) and another in the Caribbean of Islas de la Bahía.
Authorities also confirmed the death of seven people from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 174 in the country.
Four of the new dead are from Cortés, the department with the largest commercial, industrial and economic movement in the country; two from the Central District, which make up the cities of Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela; and one from the municipality of Las Lajas, in the central region of Comayagua.
The state agency also reported 16 recovered patients, with which it increased to 455 the number of those who have come off the virus well.
Sinager reiterated today its message to the population to stay home and not go out if they do not need to, considering that social isolation is the best way to avoid contracting the coronavirus.
The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, delivered today the first eight “Coffee Bonds of more than 11,000” that his government will distribute to producers in the department of Lempira, in the west of the country, as a measure of direct support in the face of the crisis stemming from the coronavirus.
The first bonds were delivered in a village in the Colonia city of Gracias, where the government intends to benefit more than 1,300 small and coffee producers, the Honduran presidency said.
“We are going to fight to institute this bond as a permanent program of the governments, because it benefits the coffee-growing families,” stressed the governor.
The Coffee Bono Program has an investment of 300 million lempiras (12 million dollars) and will reach more than 91,000 small and medium-sized producers of the aromatic bean.
A total of 91,462 coffee-producing families from 15 of the 18 departments in Honduras will receive 555,399 quintals of coffee formula, according to the information.
Large-scale producers will not receive this bonus, but will have access to loans with “an interest rate never before seen in the history of the country,” Hernández emphasized.
About 150 technicians will provide assistance and training to producers on their farms to improve the harvest.
The Honduran ruler also announced the delivery of a “Productive Solidarity Bond”, which consists of distributing improved seeds of basic grains and potatoes.
The program, which has an investment of 200 million lempiras (8 million dollars), will benefit 140,306 producers from 17 departments of the Central American country.