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COVID-19 pandemic in El Salvador

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COVID-19 pandemic in El Salvador
Number of confirmed cases by department
  1-24 cases confirmed
  25-49 cases confirmed
  50-99 cases confirmed
  100-199 cases confirmed
  200-499 cases confirmed
  500-999 cases confirmed
  ≥1000 cases confirmed
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationEl Salvador
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseMetapán, Santa Ana[1]
Arrival date18 March 2020
(4 years, 3 months and 1 day)
Confirmed cases1,112[2]
Active cases687[2]
Suspected cases598[2]
Critical cases19[2]
Government website
Official Statistics - Government of El Salvador
Suspected cases have not been confirmed by laboratory tests as being due to this strain, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached El Salvador on 18 March 2020.[3]

Numbers[change | change source]

As of 13 May 2020, El Salvador reported 1,112 cases, 20 deaths and 405 recoveries.[4]

On 31 March 2020, the first COVID-19 death in El Salvador was confirmed.[5]

Response[change | change source]

President Nayib Bukele banned public gathering of more than 500 people and shut down educational institutions on 17 March.[6][7]

Arrests[change | change source]

El Salvador had arrested more people for violating the quarantine than it had diagnosed cases of COVID-19, a total of 2,424 people had been arrested for violating quarantine orders, and 48,913 people had been tested for the virus.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "El Salvador registers 1st COVID-19 case". Xinhuanet. 19 March 2020. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Situación Nacional COVID-19". Gobierno de El Salvador. 29 March 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  3. Redacción (2020-03-20). "Nicaragua y El Salvador confirman los primeros casos del nuevo coronavirus". BBC News Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  4. Sosa, Eduardo; Carranza, Enrique (28 March 2020). "A 24 sube la cifra de contagios por coronavirus en El Salvador". El Diario de Hoy. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  5. "El Salvador registers country's first coronavirus death". National Post. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  6. "National Quarantine in El Salvador to contain the spread of the COVID-19". JD Supra. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  7. Delcid, Merlin (19 March 2020). "Investigan a infectóloga en El Salvador que burló cuarentena tras viaje a Alemania" [An infectologist in El Salvador who circumvented quarantine after a trip to Germany is investigated]. CNN en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 March 2020.