Guatemala beat its records of coronavirus infections in a single day when it counted 311 new cases of COVID-19 this Saturday after performing 1,844 tests, reaching 3,054 in total nationwide, reported the Minister of Public Health, Hugo Monroy.

Of the 311 new patients incorporated into the hospital network, 201 come from the same contact that infected them, clarified the head of the Health portfolio in his message of data update broadcast on official channels of the Government of Guatemala.

The 201 people infected by the same person are contacts of another person who works in a textile maquila in the metropolitan municipality of San Miguel Petapa, who on May 18 had registered an outbreak that, at that time, had reached about 20 people .

According to Monroy, all the maquila patients are being treated by the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS).

Of the 311 cases detected this Saturday, 139 are female and 152 are male, said the official, who emphasized that this Saturday 22 people recovered and four other patients died, making the Central American country account for a total of 55 deaths from coronavirus.

Public employees

Guatemala also counts more than 185 infected state workers, after the Foreign Ministry reported in the last hours of the positive result of one of its officials, which is being attended by the Ministry of Public Health.

The health ministry itself recognized on Friday night that three of its collaborators tested positive for the virus, despite the fact that a day earlier a source within the Government assured the . Agency that between four and six officials from the headquarters from the Ministry of Health were sick with COVID-19.

The ministries of Economy and Public Finance have also recognized that at least one of their workers, respectively, has the virus. Also, nine cases have been detected in the Superintendence of Tax Administration, nine in the IGSS, five in the Army and 11 traffic agents of the Municipality of Guatemala.

The majority of cases of officials and workers of public agencies, however, have occurred in the National Civil Police, with 113 agents who have been admitted to the IGSS facilities, according to figures from the entity.

They ask for resignation

In addition, during the week a group of doctors from Roosevelt Hospital, the largest in the country, reported that three of their colleagues contracted COVID-19, although the Ministry of Health has not recognized it as such.

This Saturday, the head of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, asked the president, Alejandro Giammattei, to dismiss the head of the Health portfolio, Hugo Monroy, for having taken decisions that “have not been properly materialized and by others that they are accumulating lags in their execution ”.

Hours before the ombudsman spoke, the former Health Minister and opposition deputy Lucrecia Hernández Mack, also recommended to President Giammattei to remove Minister Monroy due to his lack of capacity and that of his team in the administrative area to be able to supply hospitals and hospitals. special protection for health personnel during this emergency.