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Guatemalan president tests positive for coronavirus

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:47 PM
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus sings the national anthem during the independence day celebration in Guatemala City, Monday, September 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 64-year-old Giammattei told a local radio station he feels well.

He has multiple sclerosis and uses canes to walk.

The announcement came on the same day the country reopened its borders and international flights.

Guatemala had closed its airports and borders with Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador in March.

The country’s Health Ministry says travellers seeking to enter Guatemala will need to present a negative coronavirus test taken at most 72 hours before entry.

Guatemalans returning to their country and children under 10 won’t be subject to the test requirement.

All those entering or leaving must wear face masks.

The country of 16 million has more than 83,600 confirmed cases and 3,036 deaths.

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