Paraguay To Undergo “Total Quarantine” to Contain COVID-19

Paraguay eyes to impose a “total quarantine” nationwide amid the COVID-19 surge, the health authority said on Tuesday.

Paraguay Health Minister Julio Borba said that they are considering having a “total quarantine” as part of the government’s response to reduce the spread of the virus.

“We met with various unions and there was good acceptance. There was no general consensus, considering that many people are affected, but there was an understanding of which measures to take and what we should do,” Borba said in a radio interview. 

“The idea is to discuss it with the president, but I think … probably by Saturday, we will have news,” he added.

He also said that the country has recorded more cases and it would require greater medical attention.

“Last week we had 12% more positives and that would imply that 15% require medical attention, which will hit the system much more despite the growth in therapies and human resources. We have a long waiting list and it is very worrying,” he said.

Borba also announced the country will receive multiple supplies of anti-COVID-19 vaccines soon as they have “confidentiality agreements” with India, United States, and Qatar.

Paraguay will buy a batch of 2 million doses of Covaxin vaccines, while another 200,000 was part of a donation of AstraZeneca vaccines. 

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