Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez has said the spread of coronavirus in Brazil threatens his country’s accomplishment in made up of the virus.
Mr Benítez mentioned far more than 50 percent of Paraguay’s 563 instances have been individuals who experienced entered from neighbouring Brazil.
The place has expended the very last two months less than a rigorous lockdown, and most folks with the disease are getting quarantined in guarded shelters.
In the meantime, Brazil has develop into the worst-hit country in South The united states.
Additional than 10,000 new scenarios had been reported there on Friday, bringing the nationwide full to 145,328. Almost 9,900 virus-linked deaths have also been claimed.
The two countries share a 400km (250-mile) border which is usually loosely managed. But President Benitez advised journalists that “the most susceptible areas” of the border experienced been “strengthened and militarised”.
He added: “Brazil is possibly now the put with the speediest growth of the coronavirus in the globe, and that is a terrific danger to our place.”
Mr Benítez is one particular of quite a few leaders in the area who have expressed concern about Brazil’s rapid-building outbreak.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez has explained that trade between the two countries is a threat, with truckers hauling items south to his place from from Sao Paulo, a single of the most infected areas of Brazil.
Over Brazil’s northern border, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro has repeatedly explained his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro’s managing of the outbreak as irresponsible.
Mr Bolsonaro has regularly mentioned that the risk posed by coronavirus has been exaggerated, and has clashed in new months with condition governors who have imposed lockdowns.