Honduras reduced the number of homicides to 38.5% in March amid the coronavirus crisis, in response to which the government has ordered the confinement of the population in homes and the restriction of mobility, authorities reported.

Most citizens have been forced to stay home since the government ordered an “absolute curfew,” closed schools, businesses, and promoted telework to contain the spread of the virus.

Since the government, chaired by Juan Orlando Hernández, established the measures in the face of the coronavirus emergency, homicides have decreased in the Central American country, considered one of the most violent in the world, according to security authorities.

Between March 1 and March 25, there were 185 murders in Honduras, 116 fewer (38.5%) compared to the 301 reported last February and 85 fewer (31.4%) compared to January, according to a report by the Security Secretariat.

This reduction is attributed by the authorities to the measures imposed by the Government, the spokesman for the Security Secretariat, Jair Meza, told Efe by telephone. “Within the negative, decision-making and establishing certain measures has helped to reduce crime, mainly homicides,” emphasized Meza.

THREATS AND THEFT REDUCE

Without specifying figures, the spokesman said that the presence of police and military personnel on the streets has also contributed to reducing theft, assaults, domestic violence and drug trafficking in the country.

He indicated that “more than 200 people have been detained” and several vehicles have been confiscated from citizens who circulate on the streets, despite the fact that they do not have authorization to do so.

“We will continue with this type of operations during the absolute curfew, citizens must attend to them and remain at home,” he stressed.

Citizens arrested for violating the curfew are sent to a National Police post for 24 hours, while the seized vehicles will be delivered to owners after the coronavirus crisis is over, he added.

Meza indicated that staying at home is the “best measure” to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country, where there is “a high rate of infected”, and asked the population to “do their bit” to prevent the disease.

“We do not want this pandemic to become a serious problem in our country, so let us stay at home so as not to put the lives of their families and ours (the security forces) at risk because we are at risk of being infected”, emphasized the spokesman for the Security Secretariat.

A DEATH AND 67 CASES

Honduras registers 67 confirmed cases and the death of a 60-year-old man, who died of complications caused by the coronavirus, in the north of the country.

The man, whose name was not released, died yesterday at the Leonardo Martínez Valenzuela Hospital after complications from heart disease and pneumonia, according to health authorities.

To prevent the spread of the virus and that people do not leave home, the government distributes food to some 800,000 poor families since Wednesday, who due to the emergency cannot work.

ASK TO EXTEND CURRENT TOUCH

The representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Honduras, Piedad Huerta, recommended that the Government extend the absolute curfew in the country, which according to the executive decree is in force until the 29th.

Huerta stressed the importance of measures being extended to slow the advance of the coronavirus in Honduras and asked the population to abide by them, as it is the “most effective” way to avoid the virus.

Groups of Spanish and Americans left Honduras the night before to their countries after staying in this nation due to the measures imposed by the Government.

The Spanish left the Ramón Villeda Morales airport in San Pedro Sula, northern Honduras, on a flight chartered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation in Spain, and their departure from Tegucigalpa was supported by the Spanish Embassy in this country.

The United States Embassy in Honduras indicated that 2,272 Americans have left the country in recent days “thanks to the hard work of the personnel” of that diplomatic legation, the State Department and the Southern Command of the US Armed Forces.

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