Central America: Current Situation

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Panama has numbered 35,237 cases and 667 deaths since the first coronavirus case was reported on March 9 last. Yesterday, July 2, the Central American nation reached its record of deaths per day by reporting 22 new deaths from the pandemic. Copa Airlines of Panama announced the restart of operations for August 7, according to the Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama that set July 22 for the opening of airspace.

On June 30, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health gave the last press conference so far to provide information on the current situation in the country in relation to the coronavirus, in which it was revealed that the mark of 2,519 cases was reached and 83 deaths. Currently, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama are trying to resolve a situation in which a group of 1,180 Nicaraguans living in Panama request to return to their country after becoming unemployed due to the global pandemic. The Nicaraguan government has requested the list of names with their respective passports to verify the nationality of the members of the group and reported that it will take at least 72 hours to give the green light to the entry of the group in Nicaragua. Meanwhile, the group is waiting at the border with Costa Rica.

The Honduran government yesterday reported 858 new cases, reaching a total of 21,120 cases since the start of the pandemic, the figure includes the president himself, and 591 deaths. The epicenters are first the capital, Tegucigalpa, followed by San Pedro Sula, in the north of the country, where the country’s largest epicenter was located until the end of June.

El Salvador has so far reported 7,267 cases and 202 deaths from coronavirus. The government is implementing a shelter system for people who are suspected of being infected with the virus while awaiting the results of the tests, but the delay of the results and the reappearance of symptoms means that in some cases people have to stay in the shelter until 45 days. El Salvador’s Minister of Tourism, Morena Valdez, reported that it is estimated that no more than one million tourists will arrive in the country this year when 2.7 million tourists were received last year.

According to official sources, in Guatemala 20,072 positive cases and 843 deaths have been announced. The data to take into account is the large number of active cases, which total 15,948. Guatemala City concentrates the highest number of infections with 13,814, and at the same time is the city with the most cases per day, having reported 724 cases on July 1.

Sources: MIDIARIO, LA PRENSA, EL HERALDO, elsalvador.com, EL ECONOMISTA, elPeriódico.

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