Guatemala reported 336 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and for the third consecutive day it exceeded the barrier of 300 daily infections after adding 311 on Saturday and 370 on Sunday, the largest number in one day to date.
The Guatemalan Health Minister, Hugo Monroy, reported the figure and also said in a message on television that in the last 24 hours the death of a 66-year-old man due to the coronavirus was reported, for a total of 59 deaths. due to illness.
Monroy pointed out that 16 patients were discharged on Monday and that in total there are 3,760 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Central American country.
According to the official from the health portfolio, the 336 new cases were detected after performing 1,899 tests in the last 24 hours.
To date, Guatemala has carried out an average of around 1,500 tests daily to detect the coronavirus for every million inhabitants, still far from the continent’s average of around 4,000 tests for every million inhabitants, according to various sources.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei had decreed a general quarantine on March 15 and the curfew since March 22, when there were 18 cases and one deceased, but on May 3 he decided to gradually reopen activities.
The reopening, however, was interrupted on May 14 when the conservative Giammattei, a doctor by profession, ordered the population to confine themselves for 21 hours a day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to the increase in cases.
Guatemala is currently under curfew from five in the afternoon to five in the morning from Monday to Friday, and in total confinement on weekends.
The mayor of Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in the country, Juan Fernando López, requested on May 12 a “total” confinement for several days due to the coronavirus due to the increase in infections, considering that, otherwise, “we are going to many die. “
At least 200 Guatemalan officials have contracted the disease from police, municipal traffic officers, members of the health system and workers from some ministries, according to various state sources.
On March 23, the first coronavirus death of a member of the health staff, a nursing assistant who worked in a hospital in the west of the country, was recorded, as confirmed by Minister Monroy.