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Bolivia declares state of health emergency

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Bolivia declares state of health emergency

The interim Government of Bolivia declared on Wednesday the state of health emergency as the main measure to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, given the breach of the quarantine period.

After registering 38 positive cases of covid-19 infection, the interim President of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, went to the country to emphasize the non-compliance with the quarantine, which increased the risk of contagion, thus justifying the application of the state of emergency. that began today and will last until April 15. The quarantine was expected to last until the 4th.

Thus, the police and security forces have reinforced authority to enforce measures aimed at containing the contagion of the covid-19.

The borders have been closed, so no one can enter or leave the country, except in very exceptional cases.

Only people between 18 and 65 can leave the house to buy food and basic products, from Monday to Friday. Those who do not comply will be fined.

Jeanine Áñez noted that imprisonment for a crime against public health is punishable by up to 10 years.

Last Sunday, around 100 people were detained for failing to comply with the quarantine period, including one of the members of the Government having suggested a state of siege in areas where non-compliance was most evident, namely in markets and public transport.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected nearly 450,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 20,000 have died.

After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread across the world, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic.

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