announced today that starting in May it will launch a
to gradually replace the current strict confinement, after having kept the contagion curve flat.
The Minister of Public Health, Julio Mazzoleni, pointed out that the activities that have been practically paralyzed since the beginning of March
they will be gradually resumed in phases and with rotating shifts
, respecting social distancing and hygiene and protection measures.
“The country is going to be divided by areas, we are going to have different phases in which different groups are going to join,” he explained.
“The borders will continue to be closed, classes will be in-person and non-essential offices will continue to favor remote work. Mass public events will continue to be suspended”
Mario Abdo Benítez
, clarified that the current measures that restrict the movement of the population with exceptions for those who carry out essential jobs and need to be supplied will be extended
at least one more week
before starting the opening process, which does not have an exact date yet.
“I ask you to hold on a little longer”
said the head of state.
The total quarantine left
thousands of people without income
and represented a blow to the country’s small economy, which went out to the markets on Thursday to place a bond for
$ 1 billion over 10 years.
The Paraguayan economy, with an annual GDP of just over 40,000 million dollars,
stopped producing $ 2 billion a month
The government implemented
subsidies for the poor sectors and launched soft loans for small and medium-sized enterprises
, but estimated that it will need
at least four years to recover the fiscal balance.
Paraguay officially registers
220 coronavirus cases since the first was confirmed on March 7 and 70 recovered
. Nine people died, most of them elderly or suffering from other diseases.