Friday, February 3, 2023

Guatemala experiences a return in COVID-19 infections and health rules out the possibility of a sixth wave

Guatemala — Health officials confirm they are not considering imposing mandatory measures And he warned that a surge in COVID-19 infections is expected over the year-end holidays.

Francisco Coma, Guatemala’s Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance, said that The behavior of the disease is a picture of the cold-flu.This is the reason why many infected people do not come to get themselves swabbed.

However, he clarified PRC tests have availability of 880,000 antigen tests in over 19 points and additional health centers, Which are used for those patients who need to consolidate the result.

This has been confirmed by Lorena Gobern, head of the epidemiology department of the Ministry of Health. The number of cases increased in the last 15 days, which started in early November and More than a thousand newspapers have been detected in recent days.

“For every 100 cases tested, 12 turn out to be positive, This is an alert and there has been an increase in transmission and this coincides with the introduction of new subvariants such as Xibalba and other affiliates in countries such as the United States and Europe,” the official said.

It has been recognized that they have a high transmissibility and, despite the fact that they can become ill, there is no increased risk of hospitalization or mortality.

The government analyzed that, Large scale social gatherings, including concerts, are influencing the rise in positive cases of COVID-19.

according to epidemiological map Return cases have been detected in the departments of Huehuetenango, Quiche, Santa Rosa, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala and Chimaltenango.

General Immunization Information

the goal of vaccination against COVID-19, according to health officials, and14,853.007 million people to be vaccinated And the first dose has been received by 8,853,795 people and the second dose has been administered to 7,024,089 people, with reinforcements amounting to 3,583,318.

In percentage terms, the coverage with the first dose is 59.51%2nd dose coverage 47.29%, 1st booster dose coverage 24.13% and 2nd booster dose 3.8%.

Health Minister emphasized that There is no change related to the rules that were established and abolished as the pandemic progressed.

“There are no mandatory measures, But we especially recommend those people who have chronic diseases to be more careful And keep using masks, hand washing and physical distancing,” Koma said.

In addition, it was recommended that those who need a booster of vaccines against COVID-19, For those who need it, a new batch will be received soon.

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