In El Salvador, quick COVID-19 response fuels fears of an iron fist

Originally published by The Christian Science Monitor on 26/03/2020


Latin America has been considered slowed regarding the implementaton of measures to address COVID-19.El Salvador, barred entry to nearly all foreigners, required a 30-day quarantine for Salvadorans arriving from other countries, suspended schools for three weeks, and halted gatherings of 500 people or more – all before it had registered a single positive case.Some people consider that the measures are strict and extreme, and therefore thy restrict some constitutional rights, like freedom of assembly.The President, has threatened citizens that if they violate the quarentine, they will be taken into “containment centers’ for at least 30 days.

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