Two new deaths on Tuesday raised the number of fatalities due to the coronavirus pandemic in Honduras to nine, where 141 positive cases are registered, the National Risk Management System (Sinager) reported.

A man, 40, died on Tuesday at the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHHS), in Tegucigalpa, after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for several days, the Sinager said in a statement.

Before presenting symptoms, the man visited the municipalities of Villanueva and San Pedro Sula, in the department of Cortés, in northern Honduras, on several occasions.

Another 46-year-old man died the day before at the Leonardo Martínez Hospital in San Pedro Sula, a city in the north of the country, where up to now there have been seven deaths from COVID-19, according to authorities.

The deceased had diabetes and was from the department of Lempira, in the west of the Central American country.

The Honduran government regretted the deaths and expressed “condolences to the families in mourning,” according to the statement.

He also requested “respect for the dignity and privacy of the deceased, as well as their relatives, from the media on all platforms and the general population.”

As of Monday night, Honduras registered 141 cases of coronavirus and three people recovered.

According to official figures, the Cortés department records 81 of the total number of cases; Francisco Morazán (37); Colon (14); Lempira (3); Choluteca (2); Yoro (2); Santa Bárbara (1), and Atlántida (1).

The National Risk Management System urged the population to “respect the epidemiological fences” that the Ministry of Health has installed in the localities where positive cases of coronavirus are registered.

“This is not the time to trust, on the contrary, it is the time when all Hondurans must be disciplined and ordered if we want to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Honduran families,” the agency emphasized.

The Sinager urged citizens to implement preventive measures, such as staying at home, avoiding unnecessary physical contact, using antibacterial gel and using a mask, to stop the spread of the virus.

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