Uruguay broke its historical record for daily infections of coronavirus, when registering 5,330 positives this Wednesday, which exceeds the 4,604 detected last May, when the South American country was going through the peak of the first wave. According to the daily report of the National Emergency System (Sinae), of the 23,550 analyzes carried out, 5,330 were positive in a day in which one person died.
Uruguay accumulates 425,436 total cases since the health emergency was declared on March 13, 2020 due to the detection of the first four infections by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Of this total, 17,854 are people who are suffering from the disease and 27 of them are in intensive treatment centers (ICS).
On this day there was a fatality, so the total number of deaths per covid-19 increased to 6,181.
On December 29, Uruguay confirmed the arrival of the omicron variant of covid-19 after the increase in cases in recent weeks led scientists in the country to suspect that it had already entered and genomic sequencing led to its detection.
The Minister of Public Health, Daniel Salinas, explained at that time that the health authorities expect a “similar behavior” to that which exists in the world, that is, a “very strong” increase in cases despite vaccination, although with particular characteristics.
“The clinical behavior is a bit different. It has a shorter incubation and contagion period and, in turn, with clinical manifestations that are less than in the variants that preceded it in all cases where there is a third dose ”, projection.
On November 1, Uruguay it opened its borders for anyone who has completed the vaccination process (14 days have passed after the inoculation of the last necessary dose).
In addition, this country eliminated the obligation for tourists to undergo a PCR test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus one week after their entry.
Regarding vaccination, according to the web monitor developed by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) until 6:25 p.m. (21.25 GMT) this Tuesday, 2,676,744 people (75.55% of the population) completed their schedule of immunization of the Chinese pharmaceutical companies Sinovac, the Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca and the American Pfizer.
In addition, 93,567 people were inoculated with only the first dose, while 1,544,485 received a third dose.