Guatemala’s Congress has approved an additional US$1.43bn emergency budget for the government’s coronavirus response

US$770m will go to a fund for low-income families (measured by electricity consumption). US$256m will go to protecting employment. US$385m will go to working capital credit fund. The funds will come from Treasury bonds with the Bank of Guatemala. Plenary sessions of Congress have now been suspended until further notice.

As of 9 April 2020, Guatemala has 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with three deaths reported.

We have adapted this fortnight’s edition of Central American Briefing to reflect the near total disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to politics, the economy, and society in Central America, as in the rest of the world.

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