The fear of an outbreak of COVID-19 led the authorities to decide that the game between Bolivia and Argentina be played without an audience next day 13 in La Paz, qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The mayor of La Paz, Luis Revilla, told the media on Wednesday that national regulations still prohibit massive events in Bolivia, although the country has lifted many of the restrictions it had in quarantine due to the new coronavirus.
The decision taken by an emergency committee to play without spectators at the Hernando Siles stadium seeks to prevent a recurrence of the disease, the mayor told the media.
Revilla commented that this coming Friday Bolivia will begin the South American qualifiers also without an audience in Sao Paulo against Brazil, as was also agreed in Argentina against Ecuador and in Uruguay against Chile.
“Why should Bolivia open the stadium doors? Are we more disciplined? Are we going to behave better than in other countries? Are we going to avoid outbreaks by ensuring that social distancing is respected within the stadium? reasonable, ”he wondered.
The football federations can authorize the attendance of the public, but the final decision corresponds to the authorities of each country.
“We are having very dangerous outbreaks of the disease in the world with consequences for the health of the population, we have to act with great responsibility to avoid a re-outbreak and have to return to a rigid quarantine, which would be catastrophic,” said Revilla.
Bolivia was quarantined from the end of March to August, while since September it has been in a “postconfinamento” phase with fewer restrictions and with a downward trend in the disease curve., after reaching 8,156 deaths and 137,468 positive cases of COVID-19, 98,156 of them already recovered, according to official data.