The Bolivian Government has set the rates for private clinics for COVID-19 treatments, which may not exceed the stipulated reference prices by 5 percent. The base reference prices for the surgeries of those patients admitted to intensive care are BS.5,484 ($792,74), while the smaller surgeries between BS.3,510 ($507.39) and BS.4,472 Bolivians ($507.39).
China and Bolivia agreed to jointly push forward Belt and Road cooperation during a phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Bolivian President Luis Arce. President Xi called on the two countries to strengthen cooperation in areas including agriculture, infrastructure construction as well as telecommunications.
The National Service of Protected Areas (Sernap), authorised the entry of the mining company Mincruz S.R.L., into the Santo Corazón region, in the middle of the Chiquitano Dry Forest and on the road that crosses the Tucabaca Valley, to carry out the clearing for the exploitation of minerals. The authorisation form states that the firm must submit a copy of the results of the work carried out to Sernap and to the management of the Protected Area.
The governor's office in Santa Cruz warned of losses of around $5.2 million daily, due to the collapse of part of the road that connects Santa Cruz with Cochabamba, in spite of the fact that a provisional crossing has been set up. Luis Alberto Alpire, Secretary of Productive Development of the Governor's Office, explained that an alternative route, such as the old road, could not be used due to a blockade by traders.
The state-owned YPFB signed a contract for Bs.5.33 million ($770,479) to purchase 277,704 metres of polyethylene pipes for the domestic gas networks in La Paz and Cochabamba. Empresa Boliviana deIndustrialización de Hidrocarburos (EBIH) will have to supply the contracted pipes within 60 days.