Peru touched this Saturday the 50,000 new cases of covid-19, in the midst of the third wave of the pandemic that is driven by the omicron variant, according to data from the authorities.
The Ministry of Health reported that the new infections totaled 49,745 confirmed cases, in what for the fifth consecutive day represents a new mark of positive diagnoses for the coronavirus.
The country adds 2.56 million infections by covid-19 since March 2020, when the pandemic began. But of that total, some 296,000 cases (11.5%) have been registered in just four weeks since the omicron variant was detected in Peru, in December 2021.
The growth in infections is a reflection of the high transmission capacity of this variant.
In Metropolitan Lima, where almost a third of Peru’s 33 million inhabitants live, 82% of new cases are due to omicron, according to authorities.
The average cases of covid-19 for the last seven days went from 1,500 in mid-December to almost 30,000 this Saturday.
The Peruvian government has managed to immunize more than 80% of the population over 12 years of age with the covid-19 vaccine. More than 22 million people received both doses of the vaccine, while almost 6 million already have the booster.
Additionally, the government is scheduled to vaccinate children between 5 and 11 years old starting next week.
The death toll reached 203,376 people, making the Andean country of 33 million inhabitants the one with the highest mortality from covid-19 in the world, with 6,162 deaths per million inhabitants, according to an AFP balance based on figures officers.