The President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, confirmed this Thursday that the borders of his country will be “basically closed” during the austral summer to avoid the increase in cases of COVID-19, except for some exceptions that he did not detail.
“I know that it is a decision that many will not share, that it is difficult for us. We stretch it, but the elements are forceful. With sadness and sadness, but the duty of care clearly tells us that summer is going to be basically restricted, with closed borders in our country“, He said.
Lacalle Pou appeared this Thursday at a press conference in the Executive Tower of Montevideo together with the Secretary of the Presidency, Alvaro Delgado, the Minister of Public Health, Daniel Salinas, and the director of the Office of Planning and Budget, Isaac Alfie.
The president affirmed that entrances to the country for Uruguayans or residents will be maintained, in addition to exceptions for business, diplomatic or personal reasons – such as family reunification – to which others that he did not detail will be added.
But he insisted that the increase in cases that occurred in other countries during the boreal summer forces caution in Uruguay.
Brazil, main concern
However, the main concern of the authorities is on the border with Brazil, especially in the city of Rivera (north), where it was decided to “suspend face-to-face classes for two weeks” and “extreme sanitary controls” to ” contain the entry and exit of Rivera to the rest of the country “, recognizing the” difficulty “towards the Brazilian side” for being a binational city. “
In addition, on the border crossing, he announced that those who fail to comply with the mandatory quarantine after traveling to Uruguay “will be taken to justice”, in the same way that the Ministry of the Interior will be “very strict” with the celebration of parties throughout the country.
Lacalle Pou appeared to “generate tranquility” in the population regarding the fact that “the epidemiological thread was not lost” in UruguayDespite the increase in cases – an average of 45 daily in the last week, according to the figures provided by Salinas – “We give vital importance to being able to track, to be able to follow the thread,” argued the president, who explained that there are currently 84 trackers and he does not rule out increasing the number.
Since March 13, when the health emergency was declared due to the appearance of the first four positives, Uruguay has registered 2,701 cases (444 active, seven of them in intensive care) and 53 deaths.
13 of the 19 departments of the country are affected: Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Florida, Maldonado, Montevideo, Rivera, Salto, San José, Soriano, Tacuarembó and Treinta y Tres.
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