Uruguay ruled out closing borders but is evaluating health corridors so that tourists with COVID can return to their countries

The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou (EFE / Federico Anfitti / Archive)

Uruguay does not plan to close its borders again despite the exponential increase in COVID-19 positives due to the arrival of the Omicron variant, which has generated daily records of daily infections and active cases.

This was emphasized this Monday by the president of the country, Luis Lacalle Pou, at a press conference after meeting with the Minister of Public Health, Daniel salinas, and other health authorities.

Close no, we are trying to facilitate the transfer of infected citizens”, He pointed out regarding the possibility of establishing health corridors so that Argentine residents in Uruguay can travel to their country despite being infected, and vice versa -to avoid the costs of quarantine in another country-.

Lacalle Pou explained that Uruguay faces a tourist season in 2022 “totally different”To the previous one, with more people and a more contagious variant, but it does not consider the possibility of closing.

Uruguay kept its borders closed for 20 months due to the health emergency and reopened them on November 1, 2021.

The president said that “the great defense”Of the country is the high percentage of vaccinated, since about 76% of the country has two doses while almost 43% have the third.

Nurses attend to patients with COVID-19 in Montevideo (EFE / Raúl Martínez / File)
Nurses attend to patients with COVID-19 in Montevideo (EFE / Raúl Martínez / File)

On the other hand, he recognized that this variant -which is more contagious than the previous ones, although less lethal- has caused the first level of health care to have been stressed, although asymptomatic people will not stop testing.

“Measures have been suggested, we don’t know which ones. We can imagine why some who are the creators of the mandatory quarantine may go down the road of restricting. Sometimes not taking measures is a measure and we with non-pharmacological preventions, in addition to vaccines, are with a certain peace of mind”, He highlighted.

Although he did not want to be “excessively optimistic”, the president affirmed that he has already read some information that indicates that a fourth dose may not be necessary of the vaccine – although he affirmed that, if necessary, Uruguay already has them reserved.

On the other hand, Salinas said that it is very important to recognize “the importance of the third dose“, since it is “a fundamental pillar”To avoid serious cases.

There is a mismatch between the number of cases and hospitalizations. The concept to be managed is that of functional control of the pandemic”, He expressed.

In addition, he stressed that there are already 136,000 children between 5 and 12 years old – a third of the children of that age group in the country – scheduled to be vaccinated as of this Wednesday.

In another order, Uruguay registered 7 deaths with a diagnosis of COVID-19 this Monday, which is the highest number of deaths in a day since July 30, according to the data accumulated by the CoronavirusUY application.

Six men aged 86, 85, 79, 76, 67 and 54 years old from different parts of the country and a 48-year-old woman from Canelones were the fatalities registered in the daily report of the National Emergency System (Sinae), which raised the number of people killed in the South American country by COVID-19 to 6.199.

Uruguay experienced the peak of the first wave between April and July, months in which it reached thousands of daily cases -which are being overtaken in this second wave caused by the entry of Ómicron- and reached 79 deaths on the blackest day, on April 15, 2021.

(With information from EFE)


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