The Salvadoran town of Santa Tecla implements a peculiar method to promote social distancing among its citizens and avoid the increase in SARS-CoV-2 infections, since to date it is the municipality with the highest number of cases in the department of La Libertad (center).
Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, who identified himself as an agent of change, explained to Efe that the project consists of each volunteer carrying a rueda ‘hula-hula’ made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and approximately 2 meters wide and walks through the points of greatest concentration “to separate people.”
“The objective is separate people who are in a group and without applying social distancing (…) we seek to raise awareness so that people keep the physical distance of two meters at (bus) stops and in other places, “said the young man.
The project, promoted by the Municipal Mayor of Santa Tecla, has been implemented since Monday and also includes the mask delivery and alcohol gel to those who need it.
Gutiérrez indicated that there are 12 “change’s agents” those that have been deployed in the center of the municipality and “our priority is also to help the elderly so that people do not get too close to them, because they are the most prone to contracting the disease.”
“People get confused and think that they have to walk with the wheel, but in reality we are the ones who walk through the busiest places to separate them, “he added.
He municipality of Santa Tecla accumulates 1,483 cases of coronavirus, which makes it the town with the highest number of infections in the department of La Libertad; Colón and Antiguo Cuscatlán follow, with 419 and 274 cases, respectively.
The pandemic grows
In general, El Salvador adds 26,511 positives, of which 9,284 are active, 765 people have died and 16,462 Salvadorans have been discharged.
It is Central American country, which suddenly reactivated its economy on August 24, registered the highest point of SARS-CoV-2 infections on August 9 with 449 confirmed cases, the escalation dropped drastically for more than 20 consecutive days until reaching the 84 infections on September 1.
However, cases have started to rise again at a slow pace, which is expected to increase after two weeks of the almost total reactivation of the Salvadoran economy.