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Covid-19: is the increase in cases and deaths in Colombia disturbing? – Health

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection yesterday reported 100 deaths from covid-19, twice as many deaths as last week when 52 deaths were recorded for the virus. Among the deaths, the death of a child under 14 years stands out.

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In the midst of this scenario, health authorities have called on all territorial entities and health service providers to “maintain the effort to guarantee the population access to vaccines”Claudia Cuéllar, director of Epidemiology and Demography, pointed out a few days ago.

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In this regard, Carlos Álvarez, infectologist, covid-19 Studies coordinator, WHO delegate for Colombia, agrees that This increase in deaths definitely confirms that the country is going through an epidemiological peak. “As always, the case of the deceased begins to be noticed two or three weeks after the epidemic peak,” Álvarez explained.

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“This calls us to attention not to lower our guard. We have to continue in the vaccination process. There is still a percentage of the population that has not been vaccinated, not even with one dose, and also a significant percentage of the population at risk that A third or fourth dose has not been applied,” reiterated the expert who clarified that the peak of infections has not ended and that vaccination must be a priority, as well as self-care.

Alvarez also mentioned that the current climate does not help, since most people may have mild symptoms that could be considered a cold (flu). For this reason, he emphasized that it is essential for people to self-manage their own risk.

“Self-care measures serve both for covid and for other types of respiratory diseases. A call is made to use the mask not mandatory, but voluntary especially in closed spaces “explained the expert.

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On the other hand, the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, said today that in the last two weeks the number of cases and deaths has been increasing, still below the threshold limits to consider the risk situation. “We have also seen a reduction in vaccination and we know that it is essential to maintain sustained immunity and that is achieved with boosters and completing the initial regimens,” he said.

“We all have to make a very big effort and maintain it to continue with the process of control and mitigation of the pandemic,” said the minister.

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Finally, it should be noted that the authorities agree that it is essential that people continue to implement measures such as constant hand washing; increase permanent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and elements of constant and direct contact, among others.

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