The city of La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, will impose restrictive measures on transport, shops and banks from tomorrow, Thursday, as it struggles to control the second wave of the new coronavirus pandemic.
"A new set of restrictive measures will be implemented to slow the escalation of infections" by SARS-CoV-2, he stressed in a press release issued by the municipal authority of the city of 945.000 inhabitants.
The municipality seeks to "reduce gatherings" in virtually all "economic activities" from Monday to Saturday.
The cars will be rotated, depending on the numbers on their license plates. Access to markets and banks will be allowed based on ID card numbers on odd and even days.
The aim is to "reduce the increase" in the number of confirmed cases "by 50%", explained the secretary of the municipal council in charge of economic development, Sergio Siles.
The capital is the region hit hardest by the pandemic after Santa Cruz (east), the lung of the Bolivian economy.
Bolivia, a country of 11,5 million people, has officially recorded more than 200.000 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 and more than 10.000 deaths due to COVID-19.
The South American country was already imposing severely restrictive measures when faced with the first wave, following the outbreak of the pandemic in its territory in March, before gradually easing them.
The land borders remain closed. Travelers from Europe were barred from entering from December 25th to February 15th. Arrivals by air from the rest of the world are allowed, but only on the condition that travelers have a negative PCR test result.