Neighboring countries of Brazil are starting to worry about how the Coronavirus cases developing in that country can affect them.
This week, the country registered 101,000 confirmed cases and 7,000 deaths from coronavirus.
On Twitter, Paraguay’s director of health surveillance, Guillermo Sequera, said that “if Brazil sneezes, we have pneumonia.” The criticism was published last Friday (1).
Sequera shared his thoughts last Friday (1) when the local Ministry of Health indicated that, of the 67 confirmed cases from Covid-19 that day, 63 came from people who came from Brazil.
In March, local troops had excavated, at the government’s request, a ditch on the main entry route to the border town of Pedro Juan Caballero.
The government hopes to make it harder for people to enter Paraguay on foot, through Ponta Porã (MS). The vehicle border is closed on March 10 when quarantine starts on March 10.
In total, Paraguay had 370 confirmed Covid-19 cases and ten people died, according to data from the Ministry of Health, far lower than recorded by Brazil – more than 101,000 people were infected and 7,025 died on Sunday (3).
In Argentina, the provinces of Misiones and Corrientes, in the north, are on standby. Although the border is closed to ordinary traffic, trucks with goods are allowed to transit.
Laureano Rodríguez, editor in chief of the Primera Edición newspaper, in the city of Posadas, the provincial capital, said that “news about an increase in illness in Brazil worries us because we are one of the entrances of the country.”
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon
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