On Covid mismanagement, Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni, had announced his resignation from the post, one day after the Senate approved a declaration which called on him to resign. The legislators had criticized his role in the mismanagement of the pandemic.
As of March 6, Paraguay has 165,811 confirmed cases and 3,278 deaths from the virus.
Mass protests erupted on Friday March 5 to demand the resignation of President Mario Abdo Benítez over the mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez has asked all members of his cabinet to resign following Friday’s unrest in the capital over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Paraguayan security forces shot protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. According to local media reports, one protester, 32-year-old Alejandro Daniel Florentín, was killed and eight were injured who are currently seeking medical care at the Trauma Hospital in Asunción.
According to reports from Telesur reporter Osvaldo Zayas, the protests were called for by civil-society organizations after a series of complaints were raised by family members of COVID-19 patients that the country did not have essential medicine to treat them. These family members reported that they have had to spend large sums of money in order to ensure the survival of their loved ones. Zayas reported that the public health system is on the verge of collapse and many are not able to receive the treatment that they need.