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Health issues pandemic alert as COVID-19 cases rise

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) issued an epidemic alert due to an increase in cases of COVID-19. Photo: The Hour/ Associated Press

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) issued an epidemiological alert due to an increase in cases of COVID-19, which was activated on Saturday, 3 December.

This is due to an increase in positive cases of the Omicron subvariants, XBB and BQ.1, which are known as “Nightmare” and “Hellhound”, respectively.

“Some of the factors recommended in the alert are based on strengthening surveillance, data dissemination, supply and availability of inputs to health services, identification of sources of contagion and increased sending of samples to the National Health Laboratory for sequencing and processing”, portfolio. refers to the statement of

The circular states that the alert requests other recommendations including intensifying surveillance, case tracing, guaranteeing availability of supplies, recommending the use of masks, hand washing and social distancing.

According to the most current case reports, as of Saturday, 3 December, there are 297 new confirmed cases for a total of 6,797 deaths, two registered deaths which adds up to 19,956 deaths as a total.

officials called for calm

In a press conference on Friday, December 2, the Minister of Health, Francisco Coma, said that there was no danger of a sixth wave of contagion, despite the increase in cases.

The official called for calm and urged people to seek information through official channels and not to believe what is revealed through social networks.

He also assured that mandatory measures will not be implemented to contain the spread of the virus.

“There are no mandatory measures, but we highly recommend, especially for people with chronic diseases that weaken the immune system, the use of masks, hand washing and social distancing,” he said.

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