Bolivia has had around 80 coronavirus deaths in the past few hours. This is the highest number of daily deaths since the pandemic in the Andes.
The Department of Health has reported that 79 deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in these 24 hours, for a total of 2,407 deaths. To find a similar number of daily deaths, you must go back to July 2 at 78.
One of the fatalities is Santa Cruz Health Minister, Óscar Urenda, one of the visible faces of the fight against COVID-19 in Bolivia. In fact, the regional government has highlighted that it contracted the disease “while fighting this pandemic”. According to official announcements, he has been in intensive care for 46 days.
On the last day, 1,117 new cases of coronavirus were added, increasing the balance to 65,252, of which 42,815 remained active and 20,030 recovered.
Of the provinces, Santa Cruz is most affected with 31,656 infections, followed by La Paz (11,943), Cochabamba (7,047), Beni (5,193), Tarija (2,594) and Oruro (2,506), while Chuquisaca, Potosí and Pando have between 1,000 and 2,000 cases.