Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei has confirmed that despite the decline in infections with the new coronavirus, on the occasion of Independence Day on September 15, the government will maintain current restrictions and ban mass events.
The measures that will remain in effect for at least 15 days also include a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from 7:00 p.m. or limited working hours, reports the Guatemalan newspaper ‘Prensa Frei’.
The Guatemala Ministry of Health had registered 77,683 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, 202 more than on Saturday. Of these, 8,700 are identified as active cases, while the death toll has risen to 2,852, seven more than the previous day.
Giammattei stressed that the chain of infection had receded for nine weeks and that there was room in the hospital sector to accept possible admissions, but called for our guard not to lower even during the independence celebrations. “We are starting the national month and this should make us think about what it means to be Guatemalan,” he said.
He advocated celebrating “with civic zeal but with social distance, with flags in our houses, but without torches in our streets”. It is not for nothing that the authorities are keeping 201 communities in red when it comes to the prevalence of coronavirus cases.