The Nicaraguan Ministry of Health has increased the balance of coronavirus infected people in the Central American country to nearly 4,500 since the pandemic began, although independent sources estimate the actual number of cases could be more than double that.
Nicaraguan Health Minister Martha Reyes has reported that there were 137 additional positive results and four deaths between August 18 and 25, according to La Prensa newspaper. A total of 4,494 people have contracted the disease, of whom 133 lost their lives.
However, the Citizen Observatory, which is tracking the development of the pandemic from independent sources, claims the patient balance is greater than that recognized by the authorities. As of August 19, there had been 9,822 cases and 2,652 deaths classified as “suspects”.
Daniel Ortega’s government has downplayed the importance of the crisis in recent months, even considering the controlled situation. The opposition has accused the authorities of continuing to sponsor events and rallies that encourage concentration of people, which the World Health Organization (WHO) would discourage.