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The pandemic worsens in the countries of South America: they report spike of infections

In the Andean region, Colombia and Bolivia recorded a large increase in cases, while Ecuador and Peru also report increases.

BEIJING, December 31 (Xinhua) .- Various South American countries have reported in recent days a new wave of COVID-19 outbreak after a prolonged period of decline.

According to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released on December 29, cases of the disease increased 50 percent in the Americas during the last week, and the third highest number of cases has been reported in Argentina. new.

According to the Argentine Ministry of Health, 50,506 new cases were registered this Thursday in a single day, the highest number since the start of the pandemic in the country in March 2020.

In October, the Argentine government relaxed most of the sanitary restrictions such as the total opening of the borders. Since November the cases began to rise again and an exponential increase has been noted in recent weeks.



The relaxation of sanitary restrictions, the transmission of the Omicron variant, and increased personal contact due to the holiday and holiday season may be the main factors for the regrowth in the region.  Photo: Michael Probst, AP


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The relaxation of sanitary restrictions, the transmission of the Omicron variant, and increased personal contact due to the holiday and holiday season may be the main factors for the regrowth in the region. Photo: Michael Probst, AP

But thanks to the advance of vaccination, the increase in confirmed cases with a dizzying rate did not immediately translate into an increase in the number of people admitted to hospitals and mortality, said the Argentine Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti.

In the Andean region, Colombia and Bolivia recorded a large increase in cases, while Ecuador and Peru also report increases.

Colombia added 8,436 infections this Thursday, the highest record in almost five months.

The Colombian Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, warned that due to the Omicron variant, his country is entering a new peak of infections.

The Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, said, citing the Capital’s Epidemiological Evaluation Board, that her city already has 15 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.

The new variant “is already circulating in Bogotá and it is doing so too quickly. The number of active and positive cases is a little more than seven thousand, when 15 days ago we were in 600 cases ”, affirmed the official.



Patients with COVID-19 rest at the Llavallol Hospital in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina.  Photo: Natacha Pisarenko, file, AP.


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Patients with COVID-19 rest at the Llavallol Hospital in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko, file, AP.

Bolivia registered for the third consecutive day a daily record of infections with 7,980 new cases, the highest number since the pandemic began on March 10 of last year, resulting in that the health authorities immediately began the application of the National Health Emergency .

Through a statement, the representative of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) in Bolivia, Alma Morales, urged the population to reinforce biosecurity measures and attend vaccination centers against COVID-19.

He emphasized that “vaccines have sufficient scientific evidence for their administration”, since immunization shows that, around the world and in Bolivia, it has more benefits than risks in the face of the development of the disease.

In the Southern Cone, Paraguay and Uruguay also registered increases. Uruguay detected this Thursday a maximum of 1,348 new cases of COVID-19 in five months.

The relaxation of sanitary restrictions, the transmission of the Omicron variant and greater personal contact due to the holiday and holiday season may be the main factors of the regrowth in the region, according to authorities in South American countries.

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