Mario Abdo's private secretary and seven other Paraguayan government officials have coronavirus

Luis Arevalo

Luis Arevalo, private secretary of the president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, has coronavirus. He himself confirmed this Wednesday that he contracted the disease, the same diagnosis that others have seven officials of the Government Palace, including the six military that the Presidency reported on Tuesday, according to the Paraguayan newspaper ABC.

The official activities of the president were restricted because much of their immediate environment was infected with COVID-19.

The same newspaper reported that 40 other workers at the López Palace -as the House of Government of Paraguay is known-, between civilians and military, are under observation waiting for the results of your tests.

This Tuesday, the Interior Minister, Euclides Acevedo, tested positive and became the first member of the Executive to contract the coronavirus, a disease that left more than 200 deaths in the country, out of a population of about seven million people.

The Interior Minister of Paraguay, Euclides Acevedo, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday (. / Nathalia Aguilar / File)

The holder of Health, Julio Mazzoleni, announced yesterday the state of Acevedo, 70 years old, that on Monday he entered with a respiratory condition at the Asunción Police Hospital after feeling discomfort the day before.

Mazzoleni told the media that the minister “he is stable at the moment and we are confident in his recovery”.

The head of state, Mario Abdo BenitezHe approached that center and gave Acevedo a greeting from the door of the room where he is admitted.

To date they amount to more than 13,600 infections by coronavirus in Paraguay since the first cases appeared in March, although the curve shot up in July and especially in August.

Most of the cases come from the main sources of viral circulation in the country: the department of Alto Paraná, border with Brazil; that of Central, the most populated, and Assumption, the national capital.

While in Alto Paraná special rules have been in force since weeks ago, in the other two areas traffic restrictions were applied this Sunday given the proliferation of cases, which the Government attributes to the relaxation of citizenship.

The new regulations in Central and Asunción, which the Government calls “social quarantine”, establishes limitations on the movement of people between 8:00 p.m. local time and 5:00 a.m. local time for a period of two weeks.

Likewise, the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in pantries and shops from 8 p.m. local time.

The Government does not rule out that these measures be extended if the results are not as expected and the cases continue to progress in Asunción and Central.

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