Bolivia to begin new phase of social reopening on Dec. 1

LA PAZ, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Bolivia will begin a new phase of social reopening on Dec. 1 with the reactivation of cultural, sports, recreational and religious activities, according to Supreme Decree 4404, published on Sunday by the government of President Luis Arce.

Minister of Health Edgar Pozo announced on Sunday at a press conference that the reopening will be gradual and will occur under recommended biosafety protocols.

The new regulatory framework will be in force until Jan. 15 of next year, when another evaluation will be made on the possibility of a second wave of infections.

Pozo stated that while the risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) persists, the decision to reopen was made to recover economic and social activities by more than 95 percent.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced a master plan to face a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections, which is aimed at strengthening prevention, diagnosis and treatment actions against the disease.

Health authorities estimate that a second wave of infections could be registered between January and February of next year.

Bolivia has registered 144,592 cases and 8,949 deaths from the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Health.

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