ASUNCIÓN (AP) – Paraguay backed down on Thursday to apply an almost total quarantine due to the increase in cases of coronavirus in the department of Alto Paraná, bordering Brazil, after violent protests the previous night that left some injured, dozens of people detained , looting in shops and a burning truck in Ciudad del Este.

Members of the Paraguayan Navy stood guard at the La Amistad international bridge that connects Ciudad del Este with Foz do Iguazú, Brazil, after protesters clashed with the police the previous day. The protest was generated after the Paraguayan government ordered the retreat of an almost total quarantine in Alto Paraná, where according to the authorities 30% of the almost 50 deaths by COVID-19 have been registered in the country of seven million inhabitants.

The Health Minister, Julio Mazzoleni, announced on Thursday that after an early meeting with authorities from Alto Paraná, it was decided to readjust phase zero of the quarantine, allowing certain commercial activities, with the exception of gyms, bars and food courts of shopping centers, take place from Monday to Friday between 5am and 5pm, complying with all biosafety protocols.

“It is not about waiting for the sick to get to hospitals. We must cooperate, take care of ourselves, stay at home, so that they are not infected, « said the minister. « Global experience tells us that people should stay home. »

The area is one of strong commercial exchange on the border with Brazil, the Latin American country hardest hit by the pandemic.

Paraguayan prosecutor Zunilda Martínez informed the press that some 500 people began the demonstration peacefully, but that it later turned violent. The protesters, he said, threw stones at cargo trucks leaving and entering the city and one of the vehicles was set on fire.

« Numerous protesters robbed a jewelry store, other electronic and grocery stores were also looted, » he said.

Federico González, coordinator of actions of the National Defense Council, told the press that of the 46 deaths in all Paraguay due to the coronavirus since March 7, 30% occurred in Alto Paraná. Until now, the country registered almost 5,000 infections, more than 1,700 of them in Alto Paraná.

Paraguay has been one of the South American countries that has fared best in containing the disease despite being attached to one of the global epicenters of the infection, according to experts.

But in recent weeks, infections have exploded in that area of ​​Alto Paraná and fear has grown due to the lack of hospital capacity there. The director of the main public hospital in Ciudad del Este, Federico Schroedel, said that most of the 24 beds in the intensive care unit of that hospital were occupied.

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