Bolivian health workers threaten strike to demand quarantine

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Doctors and health workers in the Bolivian region of Santa Cruz — the worst-affected by the pandemic — have called a 48-hour strike if state authorities refuse to impose quarantine restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s biggest and most populous area, concentrating around half of the country’s 10,929 confirmed Covid-19 deaths. Recent reports say that Santa Cruz alone had 685 new cases on February 9, more than twice as many as capital La Paz. 

Out of the country’s 230,000 confirmed cases, Santa Cruz accounts for 80,000.

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