San Salvador, Aug 1 (EFE) .- The festivities in the capital of El Salvador started this Saturday without citizens having greater restrictions on their mobility, despite the fact that according to the country’s president, Nayib Bukele, the contagion curve is found “practically uncontrollable”.
The Mayor of San Salvador, Ernesto Muyshondt, inaugurated the celebrations, which will take place mainly in a virtual way, with a serenade and burning of gunpowder in the square dedicated to the Divine Savior of the World.
“We cannot celebrate the ‘Augustinian’ festivities as we did,” but “the Divine Savior of the World will help us to move forward, united as Salvadorans,” the mayor published on his social networks.
El Salvador, despite the escalation of cases registered since June, does not have regulations that prohibit the departure of citizens as a result of constant conflicts between the Bukele government and Congress.
The only regulation that governs the country’s economic activity is a de-escalation plan that keeps the public transport service restricted and restaurants, as well as tourist sites and cultural activities, closed.
These festivities are the most important and the ones that generate the most tourism in El Salvador, where government activity stops between August 1 and 6, while the private sector does so on the 3rd, 5th and 6th of the month.
The Salvadoran Ministry of Tourism predicts that at the end of 2020 the hit of the COVID-19 pandemic to this sector will represent a loss of 1,145 million dollars in foreign currency, while the number of visitors will fall by 1.8 million tourists.
The Salvadoran Congress held its last session on Friday before going on vacation without voting on a government proposal to establish a state of emergency for 15 days to try to curb infections.
Figures from the Central American country’s Ministry of Health indicate that at least 17,050 people have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, of which 485 are in critical condition and 459 lost their lives.
San Salvador is the epicenter of COVID-19 in El Salvador with 2,280 confirmed cases, which represents 13.3% of all infections.
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