Guatemala accumulates 15,437 deaths and 605,664 covid-19 infections

A woman undergoes a COVID-19 test in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in a file photo. EFE / Esteban Biba

Guatemala City, Nov 7 (EFE) .- Guatemala accumulates a total of 15,437 deaths and 605,664 covid-19 infections from March 13, 2020 until this Sunday, according to the daily report of the pandemic situation of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of the Central American country.
In the last 24 hours, 48 ​​deaths and 249 infections were added, in addition to having carried out 3,118 tests to detect covid-19, the health portfolio indicated in its report.
In total, since February 2020, when the Government began to implement the national care plan for the covid-19 pandemic, 2.9 million swabs have been carried out, which have yielded a positivity percentage of 20.6%. .
In addition, the accumulated mortality rate amounted to 88.4 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, with a lethality of the virus of 2.5 percent of the infected people, according to the Ministry of Health.
However, and according to at least two independent investigations released this year, the death toll in Guatemala from covid-19 is vastly higher than the official count.
One of those studies was presented in August by the local media Plaza Pública and signed by the doctor in mathematical physics Pedro Morales Almazán, where he pointed out that more than 30,000 Guatemalans have died from covid-19 during the entire pandemic.
Morales Almazán’s data comes from the National Registry of Persons (Renap), the state entity in charge of counting births and deaths and that has more coverage throughout the Guatemalan territory than the Ministry of Health.
The nation chaired by Alejandro Giammattei and which has a population of more than 16.3 million inhabitants, until this Sunday, counts a total of 5.4 million people vaccinated with at least one dose of drugs against covid-19.
According to the health portfolio, a total of 3.3 million vaccinated have received the complete scheme (two doses), since the national vaccination plan began on February 25.

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