March 15, 2020 / 4:27 AM / 23 days ago

El Salvador Congress backs emergency measures to stop coronavirus

Comandos de Salvamento paramedics watch El Salvador President Nayib Bukele on television as he announces measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in San Salvador, El Salvador March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador’s Congress on Saturday approved a series of emergency measures sought by President Nayib Bukele to prevent the spread of coronavirus into the Central American country and to off the risk of a public health crisis.

The measures include restrictions on entry to and exit from El Salvador, as well as curbs on public gatherings. El Salvador has so far not reported any cases of coronavirus.

Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Editing by Dave Graham

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