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Uruguayan President quarantines after contact with Covid-19

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Uruguayan President quarantines after contact with Covid-19

The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, will be quarantined after carrying out coronavirus exams this Saturday, 30. The social isolation should last until, at least, the disclosure of the test results.

According to a statement released on Friday 29 by the Secretariat of the Presidency, the president and other Uruguayan authorities were subjected to examinations after Natalia López, director of the Ministry of Social Development (Mides), with whom they met on Monday, have been infected by the new coronavirus.

The meeting took place as part of Lacalle Pou's visit to the city of Rivera, on the border with Brazil and where dozens of cases have been detected in the past few days.

In addition to Lacalle Pou, the secretary of the Presidency, Álvaro Delgado, the Minister of National Defense, Javier García, and the president of the State Health Services Administration, Leonardo Cipriani, attended the meeting with López.

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After that meeting on Monday, both Lacalle Pou and the other authorities carried out their agendas normally, since it was only on Friday that the positive case was confirmed. Also on Monday, the president met with former Uruguayan president Tabaré Vázquez to discuss the country's situation and the measures being taken in response to the pandemic.

The Uruguayan authorities were present in Rivera to evaluate the measures to be taken and to learn from there what was the situation in the city troubled by Santana do Livramento (RS). The president went to Rivera for the last time on Thursday and there he highlighted the willingness of the population to adopt the suggested measures, such as social distance.

“We all think that the most complicated place would always be the country's capital, and if you see the number of cases in Montevideo today, there are no more than 70, because the physical distance has been met. Rivera, with the particularity of a binational life, is doing the same, and I am convinced that in a short time the situation will be controlled ”, said Lacalle Pou yesterday.

According to updated official data, Uruguay has 816 cases of contagion with the new coronavirus and 22 deaths from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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(With EFE)

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