The President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, blamed Mexico for the growth of COVID-19 infections in his country, which had registered 2,133 infected cases and 43 deaths as of Tuesday.
In an interview with local television TN23, the Guatemalan president even referred to the fact that due to “the irresponsibility of our neighbors” there is an increase in coronavirus cases in Guatemala, arguing that the rebound in the Malacatán region was due to that Guatemalan citizens attended the Tapachula fair in Chiapas.
Alejandro Giammattei maintained that “it is not a coincidence, because irresponsibly they just celebrated the fair in Tapachula, even with jaripeos and guaro (alcohol), and there were people from Guatemala who went. Today we are seeing the reflection of the irresponsibility of our neighbors (Mexico)”, he said.
In addition, he admitted that he fears the arrival of other flights from Mexico to his country. “What I fear the most, which is what I have here (in my head) is the flight that comes from Tijuana to Tapachula, because many people from the United States are returning to us on that flight and enter the border and it causes us the cases of Covid-19 ”.
He reported that the situation is so serious in Guatemala that today the country is under curfew, from five in the afternoon to five in the morning, from Monday to Friday, and in total confinement for the weekends. So they are doing everything they can to prevent more coronavirus cases, he said.