Paraguay adds 1,206 new cases and three deaths from covid-19

Reflection of a health worker in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Hospital de Clínicas, in San Lorenzo (Paraguay), in a file photograph. EFE / Nathalia Aguilar

Asunción, Jan 9 (EFE) .- Paraguay registered 1,206 new cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus this Sunday in a day in which three people died from this disease, according to the daily report of the Ministry of Health of the South American country.
Of the 8,416 samples analyzed, 1,206 were positive, for which the country reached 474,463 accumulated cases since the first positive of covid-19 was registered on March 7, 2020, while the number of deaths increased to 16,673.
On this day three people died, one of these belonging to the 20 to 29 age group while the other two are between 60 years or more (all without vaccines)
Paraguay faces its “third wave” of covid-19 after the consecutive increase in cases in several departments (provinces) during the last weeks.
On December 27, the health authorities of the South American country confirmed the first three cases of the omicron variant of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus.
Dr. Sandra Irala, director of Health Surveillance, communicated, in her appearance before the press, that the analyzed samples corresponded to “imported cases related to travelers who returned to the country in the near future.”
The expert showed her “concern” about the possible coexistence in Paraguay of the delta variants -which currently predominates in the South American country- and the Ómicron -which has just been detected-.
Meanwhile, this Friday Dr. Héctor Castro, director of the Expanded Immunization Plan (PAI), announced that Paraguay will receive 500,000 pediatric doses of the coronavac covid-19 vaccine that will arrive from Brazil.
In the usual weekly press conference of the health authorities about the situation of the pandemic, Castro indicated that “with the effort of the Government (of Mario Abdo Benítez) and the support of Brazil” will reach 500,000 doses of the Chinese vaccine, which has proven “to be safe”.
“We just have to see the clinical trials or the experiences in Chile, Argentina or Colombia and we see the number of children who received these vaccines and the safety,” said the doctor.
According to the latest vaccination registry of December 29, a total of 3,469,821 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 2,948,027 have completed the vaccination chart.

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