Asunción, Jan 17 (EFE) .- Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez will fulfill preventive isolation until Tuesday after having had contact with the vice president, Hugo Velázquez, who tested positive for covid-19.
The Presidency announced this Sunday that the president postponed all activities on his official agenda until resuming it on Wednesday and “subject to the negative result of the swab to which he will be subjected.”
Abdo Benítez is in isolation at the presidential residence in downtown Asunción, the source added.
Velázquez, like Abdo Benítez of the conservative Colorado Party, is in isolation after announcing this Saturday that he had contracted the coronavirus.
The Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni, recommended that day, when making the announcement, that “people who have had contact with the vice president since last Tuesday undergo the test in the case of presenting symptoms.”
Velázquez’s is not the first case of coronavirus in the Government, which has previously affected the Interior Minister, Euclides Acevedo, and also two members of the Military Cabinet of the country’s president, Mario Abdo Benítez.
The coronavirus has left a total of 2,495 deaths and 121,648 positive cases in Paraguay to date, after last night’s registration by the Ministry of Health, with 16 new deaths and 859 infections.
The epicenter of the pandemic is in Central, the most populated department, and in Asunción and its metropolitan belt.
In these areas, an average of a thousand cases are being registered daily, which worries the authorities, also on alert to the limitations of the health system, which is overwhelmed and referring patients to the private sector.
The country is waiting to receive the first vaccines from the global Covax mechanism, the first shipment of which is expected in May or June.
At the same time, the Government negotiates with private companies.
And this week the Fund for Direct Investments of Russia (FIDR) announced that the Ministry of Health of Paraguay has registered the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, which in principle positions it as one of the first to be used in the South American country.
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