Colombia faces 80,000 deaths from coronavirus, while Health Minister Fernando Ruiz warned this Thursday that “a new high could be generated” in Bogotá and suggested that they will be able to “see the results of that next week.” see “it’s happening now on the streets” in relation to the protests.
The Department of Health reported 499 deaths and 19,160 other positive events this Thursday, recorded on the last day when 15,029 were recovered.
The country thus collects 3,067,879 confirmed cases since the pandemic started, which has left 79,760 deaths to date and is now sustaining 103,304 active infections.
In this regard, due to the anti-government demonstrations that have filled the streets of various Colombian cities, Ruiz has been investigating a possible spike in COVID-19 numbers for the next week.
“In Bogotá contagion control has been achieved, stability has been seen, but we have seen that a new peak can be generated,” said the minister, who also pointed out the “great saturation” of the UCI in various departments, reports Radio Caracol.
With this in mind, it was stated that these units nationwide are between 92 and 94 percent occupied. “We have one particularity and that is that it affects the younger population, which tends to take more days in the ICU and is different from previous highs,” he added.
However, Ruiz pointed out “good news”, the reduction in cases in people over 80 years of age due to vaccination against COVID-19.
Regarding the vaccination campaign, the Minister of Health deepened this Thursday at the beginning of the third phase, which will begin with “some pilot tests in the population of teachers, public authorities, the Colombian Institute of Welfare and the Public Prosecutor”.
“Once we have completed the planning for people over 60, which is expected to take place in the last week of May, we will open the whole massive phase of the third group stage,” he said.
So far, 6,851,163 doses have been used in the country, 2,612,556 of which are second doses, according to the latest version of the National Immunization Plan.