The Ministry of Health and Social Protection reported, this Saturday, January 15, 2022, 35,575 new cases of covid-19 in Colombia. In the last 24 hours 55,699 tests were processed of which 30,298 are PCR and 25,401 are antigens.
The report also indicates that 129 Colombians died from the disease in the last day. In this way, the country reaches a total of 130,860 deaths from the virus since the start of the pandemic.
By conglomerating all the figures, Colombia reached a total of 5,511,479 infections, of which 175,518 are active cases and 5,185,994 correspond to positive cases that have already managed to overcome the disease.
As for the regions with the most reported cases, Bogotá leads with 8,956 infected, followed by Valle del Cauca with 4,263 infections and Antioquia in third place with 4,160 cases.
There are 313 conglomerates in the country. The territories are: Amazonas, Antioquia, Arauca, Atlántico, Barranquilla, Bogotá, Bolívar, Boyacá, Buenaventura, Caldas, Caquetá, Cartagena, Casanare, Cauca, Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Guainía, Guaviare, Huila, La Guajira, Magdalena , Meta, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Valle del Cauca, Vaupés, Vichada.
This is how vaccination goes in the country
The most recent report from the Ministry of Health also indicates that until 11:59 on Tuesday, January 13, 2022, a total of 67.597.103 dose of the covid-19 vaccine.
According to the same report, the number of fully vaccinated Colombians, that is, those who have already received the two doses of the biological, currently amounts to 24,238,448 people, while 5,458,998 people have been immunized with a single dose. Equally, 4,265,089 booster doses have been applied.
Similarly, during the last day a total of 327,290 were applied, of which 123,261 correspond to the second injection while another 17,258 were single doses.
Ómicron in a short time became the predominant variant in the country, since its appearance in mid-December, it took a little over a month for COVID-19 infections to increase throughout Colombia, even reaching 30,000 cases per day. Germán Escobar, Vice Minister of Health, spoke about the new wave of infections and referred to the possibility of having to apply a fourth dose of the virus vaccine.
Germán Escobar has been Vice Minister of Health for a month and has already had to face several challenges. After knowing the departure of Luis Alexander Moscoso, who is now part of Alejandro Char’s team in his presidential aspirations, the surgeon was chosen to occupy his position and has had to deal with the exponential increase in cases of COVID-19 in the country, due to the omicron variant.
Although the studies revealed by health authorities confirm that the variant is the one that predominates in the country and that 95% of confirmed cases belong to omicron, this is less lethal, so highlights the importance of getting vaccinated, completing the schedule and applying the booster dose. The highest peak of infections is expected to arrive in late January and early February.