El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, postponed the start of the second phase of the country’s economy reopening this Sunday due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
“After listening to the opinions of experts and especially the Ministry of Health, the governing body for health, and despite the fact that our country needs a strict quarantine and not just complementary measures, I decided to phase 2 of the economic reopening,” stated Bukele on his Twitter account.
This decision was made after the president defended Saturday’s next Tuesday phase change and criticized Salvadoran MPs for not approving stricter standards against the pandemic. “We need quarantine to lower the contagion curve. The 15-day delay in economic reopening without quarantine didn’t help,” said the president.
“If we don’t want to lower infections because they don’t give us the tools, there is no point in postponing Phase 2 of economic reopening, although I would like to postpone them for another 15 days, but it will have no effect, like we’ve seen in the shift of these 15 days. ” “he added.