First entry: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4:21 pm
Bolivia's transitional government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday to “respect the quarantine” it put in place on Sunday as part of efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.
“From tomorrow (today) Thursday 26 March at 00:00 (local time; 06:00 Greece time), a state of emergency (…) will take effect until 15 April”, Transitional President Janine Anies announced.
The measure entails wider involvement of the army and police in the surveillance and control of quarantine and the closing of the border, he said.
Only one member of each family will be eligible to leave the house to make supplies on a weekly basis, and the closure will be complete on weekends.
Although the quarantine came into force on Sunday, much of the population showed complete disobedience.
The May 3 election, which was to succeed former Socialist President Evo Morales, who was forced to resign by complaining of a coup, was postponed indefinitely.
In Bolivia, a country of 11 million people, 38 cases of coronavirus infection have been officially confirmed.