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Convid-19: Chile, Guatemala To Join Other Latin American Countries in shutting Their Borders

Chile and Guatemala to shut their borders: Chile and Guatemala, are the latest countries planning to shut their borders because of the coronavirus pandemic.
To combat the spread of CONVID-19, the Latin Americans have declared that they would join other Latin American countries in shutting their borders for 15 days.
In a statement, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said that ”the border closures would go into effect on Wednesday. Chilean nationals entering the country would be subjected to a 14-day quarantine, he said, adding that the measure would in no way affect the import and export of goods”.

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Furthermore, Chile’s Health Ministry released information saying that the number of coronavirus in the country had risen to 155 and agrees with the decision of the president.
Correspondingly, Guatemala has taken the same line of action to shut its borders so as contain the virus from spreading further.
President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala stated that “only Guatemalans will be able to enter, but they must go complete a period of quarantine.” “The entry of cargo will be allowed,” he added.

Giammattei justified the decision by saying that six more people had tested positive for the virus, taking the overall toll in the country to seven. The first patient who was diagnosed has died.
On the hand, Colombia is planning to follow suit as it plans to close its land, maritime and river borders at midnight (0500 GMT) on Tuesday until May 30.
President Ivan Duque announced the measure on Twitter, saying it would “restrict the entry and exit of the country for all national and foreign citizens” but later said the transportation of cargo will be allowed.
Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Venezuelan head of state Hugo Chavez. Also on Monday, Ecuador’s government shut down access to the Galapagos Marine Reserve – which covers an area of around 133,000 square kilometres – to prevent the arrival of the virus. The indefinite measure is “necessary to protect the health of visitors, officials and local communities that inhabit these areas,” the Environment Ministry said in a statement. The area, which has UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and its surrounding waters represent one of the world’s richest areas of biodiversity.

Source: NAN

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