Uruguay Orders Schools and Public Offices Closed to Curb Covid-19 Cases

Uruguay on Tuesday has announced new restrictions against the coronavirus, amidst reported cases of the Brazilian P1 variant spreading across the country.

President Luis Lacalle Pou ordered to close all schools, public offices and gyms until April 12.

Duty-free shops will also be closed and public events will be prohibited.

“We are not in favor of total lockdown or mandatory quarantine,” the president said and urged citizens to limit mobility.

He added, “we have taken measures aimed at reducing mobility and once again government action must necessarily be accompanied by individual behaviours.”

Government agencies providing essential services will remain open.

Meanwhile, the government shall impose a tax on public employees to supplement government assistance for those greatly affected by the restrictions, for two months.

Uruguay on Monday had a record daily of 2,693 cases bringing the total to 86,007 cases, as of Wednesday.

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