Nine people die from covid-19 in Paraguay in a day with 4,145 positives

Asunción, Jan 14 (EFE) .- The Paraguayan Ministry of Health reported this Friday the death of nine people diagnosed with covid-19, in a day in which 4,145 new infections were registered. Of the 13,001 samples analyzed, 4,145 were positive, for which the country reached 494,034 accumulated cases since the first positive for covid-19 was registered on March 7, 2020, while the number of deaths increased to 16,720. Of the nine deceased on this day, only two had the complete inoculation against covid-19 while one had the incomplete scheme and the remaining six were not vaccinated. Paraguay is facing its third wave of covid-19 after the consecutive increase in cases in several departments (provinces) in recent weeks. On December 27, the country’s health authorities confirmed the first three cases of the omicron variant. On January 10, Paraguay modified its entry requirements to the country and will require a negative PCR test from all foreigners who want to enter, with the exception of those who come from Mercosur (a block that also includes Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay) and the countries bordering. Apart from the negative PCR requirement, the complete vaccination certificate will be required from all those who want to enter – except those who live in border cities. In addition, Paraguay modified its protocols for positive cases and reduced the days of isolation, mainly for those people who have a complete vaccination schedule and are asymptomatic. The Ministry of Public Health issued a statement detailing that those asymptomatic people with the two doses of vaccine must remain isolated for seven days since they learned of the positive and “maximize care” for the next three days. Meanwhile, those people with a complete and symptomatic scheme must isolate themselves seven days from the first signs and take care of themselves for the next three days with “correct use of a mask”. For their part, those who are not vaccinated or have not completed the scheme must isolate themselves for 10 days. According to the last vaccination record of January 7, 3,002,843 people, that is, 42.1% of the population, have completed the vaccination scheme, a percentage that rises to 48.9% when looking at the population that has received the first dose. EFE san/dmt

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