Coronavirus: Nicaragua and El Salvador confirm their first cases of covid-19


After the first positives in Nicaragua and El Salvador, Haiti is the only country in Latin America that did not officially report cases of coronavirus. Nicaragua and El Salvador confirm their first cases of covid-19 coronavirus,
Coronavirus: Nicaragua and El Salvador confirm their first cases of covid-19
After the first positives in Nicaragua and El Salvador, Haiti is the only country in Latin America that did not officially report cases of coronavirus.
The governments of Nicaragua and El Salvador confirmed on Wednesday the first positives for coronavirus in their territories.


As reported by the Nicaraguan vice president, Rosario Murillo, in her case it is a 40-year-old man who traveled to Panama and returned to Nicaragua last Sunday by air.
As for El Salvador, its president, Nayib Bukele, stated that his patient is a person who most likely entered the country "through a blind spot" after having been in Italy.

Thus, despite the fact that its protocols against covid-19 have been radically different, the virus ended up reaching two of the few countries in the American continent that had not yet registered cases.
After both announcements, Haiti is the only country in Latin America that did not officially report positive for coronavirus.

Nicaragua: without restrictive measures

Murillo noted that the first case in his country was spread abroad and was stable after presenting symptoms such as fever, sore throat and dry cough.
"Anyone who has had contact with him, anyone in his family who has symptoms, will immediately proceed to take the sample to perform the test," Murillo said, according to the local newspaper Prensa Libre.
Nicaraguan health authorities have repeatedly stated that they are prepared to care for people affected by the new coronavirus.
The government maintains a rather unusual protocol against the coronavirus: it did not put in place measures such as the closure of borders, restriction of entry for travelers or the imposition of mandatory quarantines, as other countries have already implemented.
Instead, last weekend he called a citizen march in Managua called "Love in times of the covid-19", in contrast to the recommendation of world health organizations to avoid crowds in order not to spread the disease.
"Because it is the entire world that is facing the covid-19 pandemic, Love in times of covid-19, united in neighborhoods, regions and communities to take care of ourselves together," said Murillo when calling for the march.
The Nicaraguan government challenged international health recommendations to avoid crowds by calling a march this past weekend.

El Salvador confirmed its first case of coronavirus: entry through a "blind spot" to the country

Only minutes later, El Salvador also confirmed its first case of coronavirus.
Bukele said the patient was already isolated after traveling to Italy and entering the Central American country through a blind spot in Metapan, in the west of the country.
A 48-hour sanitary cord has been imposed in this municipality. Bukele said they have not yet identified the people who may have had contact with the patient.
"In these 48 hours we are going to go through the process of testing people who are possibly infected and we hope to rule them out," said the president.
"I hope that the irresponsibility of a person does not cost thousands of lives, we will work hard so that this does not happen," he added on the national network.
After learning of this first positive, Bukele assured that the country is ready to attend up to 1,300 cases of covid-19.

Salvadorans and foreign residents entering El Salvador must pass a mandatory quarantine in government shelters.

Coronavirus: with the covid-19 cases in Nicaragua and El Salvador, the virus is already present throughout Latin America except Haiti
Salvadorans and foreign residents entering El Salvador must pass a mandatory quarantine in government shelters.
El Salvador, in fact, was the first country in Latin America to prohibit the entry of foreigners into its territory as a measure to prevent the arrival of the virus. Bukele ordered it on March 11.
Then, it also decreed that all Salvadorans and resident foreigners arriving in the country must undergo a 30-day quarantine in shelters or hotels destined for this purpose.


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