LIMA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Peru registered a record of weekly coronavirus infections in the first days of January due to the expansion of the omicron variant and amid a third wave of the pandemic in the country, an official said on Monday of health.
Peru, with one of the worst mortality rates in the world in relation to the number of inhabitants, registered more than 70,000 cases of coronavirus in the last week, a peak from 67,107 cases during the second week of April, during the second wave of infections. said the head of the intelligence and data analysis unit of the Social Health Security, Dante Cersso.
“Unfortunately for this first week of January a maximum peak of cases has been reached since the beginning of the pandemic,” he told the Canal N television station. “Two weeks ago the cases were 10,000 a week,” he said.
The Government last week raised the level of health alert in several cities in the country and tightened restrictions due to the third wave triggered by the omicron.
Peru has vaccinated with two doses against COVID-19 to just over 80% of its target population. As of Sunday, coronavirus cases totaled 2.37 million in the country and the deaths totaled 203,067, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
(Report by Marco Aquino. Edited by Javier Leira)