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MSF warns of a “significant increase” in deaths in homes in the capital, El Salvador

July 10, 2020

The number of deaths in private households in the Salvadorian capital San Salvador has “increased significantly” in recent months, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) this Friday, which is due to the lack of access to basic care and the collapse came from hospitals and the “great difficulty” in detecting coronavirus cases.

“We are already in a critical phase. Our teams have seen a significant increase in the number of people who die in their homes before our ambulances can reach them,” said Luis Romero, MSF field coordinator in El Salvador. Pineda after a statement.

“In many cases, the patient died when we got home,” said Ángel Sermeño, medical director of the MSF Preclinical Service, who noted the drastic increase in these cases, of which there were eleven in the first semester. from 2019 and 37, in 2020, 18 of them only in the past month of June.

MSF warns of a “significant increase” in deaths in homes in the capital, El SalvadorMSF warns of a “significant increase” in deaths in homes in the capital, El Salvador

Leaders from the five Soyapango and San Salvador communities, where MSF provides primary health care, have said that only since the emergency statement last March, over 50 people have died after showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or due to decompensation of chronic diseases.