Bolivia announces mandatory 14-day total quarantine to combat coronavirus

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LA PAZ, Mar 21 (Reuters) – The Bolivian government announced Saturday the mandatory 14-day quarantine for the entire country, in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

At a press conference, interim President Jeanine Áñez said the measure will take effect from Sunday to April 4. Earlier this week, Bolivia had already closed its borders and suspended all international flights.

Áñez guaranteed that there will be no supply problems and that the markets will be open every morning until noon, but clarified that only one person per family will be able to go shopping.

“We are going to activate aid for the economy and for the income of the families that need it the most,” said Áñez, referring to the 500 Bolivian Family Bonus ($ 72.6) per child (initial and primary level student in public schools. ), which the Government will pay from April.

Áñez also announced that the factories, production centers, and transportation of the products in the family basket will continue to function normally, as will banks, pharmacies, and all hospitals and health services.

The measure prohibits power, gas, water and internet outages for the duration of the quarantine “so that we continue to connect and help each other,” said the interim president.

Bolivia has confirmed 19 cases of coronavirus.

(1 dollar = 6.89 bolivianos)

(Report by Daniel Ramos. Written by Lucila Sigal, Edited by Juana Casas)

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