12 March 2020 – Group of people entering El Salvador taken to a shelter

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Type of Intervention: Healthcare and public health capacity
Sectors Involved: Increase isolation and quarantine facilities
Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: A group of people was sent to a shelter to comply with a quarantine imposed by the Government, which seeks to prevent the entry of the coronavirus, while another group was waiting to enter the country after medical evaluations, they reported. authorities on Thursday.

Despite the fact that an official figure has not been provided, dozens were held by authorities to assess their health and rule out that they are carriers of the virus, a Reuters witness said.

The people were transferred by bus from San Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport, on the outskirts of the capital, and various border posts to the refuge located in Jiquilisco, in the southeast of the country, while they were guarded by police and the military.

It was not immediately clear whether the group included foreigners or suspected cases of carrying coronavirus, an outbreak that emerged in China late last year, which has infected more than 129,000 people worldwide and killed 4,700 people, the vast majority in mainland China.

“In the hostel (…) they do not allow the entry of outsiders and prevent people who are under medical observation from leaving the place, without prior authorization from the Ministry of Health,” said Deputy Inspector of Police, Celio Cruz, quoted in a statement.

The facility, a kind of multiple brick-walled sheds, has the capacity to house 864 people and was created in 2013 to care for victims of emergencies and disasters. El Salvador does not record confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus.
Full details here: https://www.infobae.com/america/agencias/2020/03/12/el-salvador-habilita-albergue-y-refuerza-fronteras-por-coronavirus/