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Guatemala registers 20 deaths from covid-19 and 358 infections in 24 hours

Guatemala City, Apr 1 (EFE) .- The Guatemalan health authorities reported this Thursday the death of 20 people from SARS-CoV-2 and 358 infections in the last 24 hours, for which the Central American country adds 6,860 deaths to cause of the disease and 194,756 positive cases since March 2020.

The Ministry of Health detailed in its update of data on the pandemic that the 358 new infections detected in the last day were registered after processing 3,994 tests both in the public and private spheres.

The 6,860 deaths in total make Guatemala the country with the most deaths from covid-19 in Central America, followed by Panama and Honduras, with approximately 6,100 and 4,600 deaths from the virus, respectively.

The Central American country is under the third wave of the disease, according to the authorities of the Ministry of Health and the Guatemalan Government in the last two weeks.

69 percent of the total deaths in Guatemala from the coronavirus were men, while 29 percent belonged to the female sex. Two percent were not determined, according to official data.

The age range with the highest deaths in Guatemala due to covid-19 is between 60 and 69 years old, with 1,762 people dying, equivalent to 25.6 percent of all deaths.

The incidence of the virus throughout the territory is 1,155 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but this figure doubles in Guatemala City, the main focus of the disease, where the incidence reaches 2,767 cases per 100,000 people.

Last week, the Minister of Health, Amelia Flores, indicated that no restrictions would be imposed for Easter, except for a limit of 100 people on public beaches, a measure that must be enforced by local authorities.

This Thursday thousands of people left Guatemala City for the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the south of the country and the Atlantic on the northwest coast of the territory, specifically in the department of Izabal.

According to the Ministry of Health, until this Thursday a total of 1,192 people have been vaccinated in Guatemala with the two corresponding doses against covid-19 and 106,973 have received the first dose and are waiting for a second.

(c) EFE Agency

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