Four Guatemalan regions continue to have vehicle restrictions
Guatemala, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The departments of Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Escuintla and Quetzaltenango began another week with limits on the circulation of private vehicles to alleviate the high rates of Covid-19 contagion.
President Alejandro Giammattei announced this measure on his national channel on June 28 and yesterday the Government's Secretariat of Communication recalled that it remained unchanged along with the curfew, which will be total again next Sunday.
Despite the fact that the epidemic curve remains upward and daily cases exceed 1,000 since the beginning of this month, the authorities have chosen to handle the situation without resorting to extreme downlock in order not to completely shut down the economy.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS), the department of Guatemala concentrates almost 69 percent of those infected nationwide, with overnight increases in the order of 700 sick.
It is followed by Escuintla (6.32 percent), Sacatepequez (4.33 percent) and Quetzaltenango (1.62 percent), which began to be restricted on alternate days according to the official registration list on 29 June, when they stopped in El Progreso and San Marcos.
In response to the alert issued by the MSPAS about the increase in the Covid-19 in rural areas, municipal authorities requested specific provisions to protect their population, including the mayor of Escuintla.
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