From the first week of January to today, there has been a 50% increase in deaths from COVID-19 in Peru, according to César Munayco, a researcher at the National Center for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) of the Ministry of Health (minsa).
“Between week 1 and week 2, here in Peru there has been a 50% increase in the number of deaths. We even indicated two weeks ago that, according to the behavior of this new variant (omicron) an increase in the number of deaths could be observed”, he pointed out in an interview with RPP.
Given these figures, Munayco stressed to the population the need to apply the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, in order to reduce the chances of developing a serious illness or dying from it.
A) Yes, With the three doses of the vaccine, the chances of dying from the disease are reduced by 80%.
“People over 60 are the ones who are most likely to die, but the risk is reduced by 60% if I have both doses, and it is reduced by up to 80% if I have both doses plus the booster dose”, argument.
He also clarified that there is no gap between the number of deaths from COVID-19 reported by the Minsa and those reported by the National Death Information System (Sinadef).
Munayco believed that if the world does not advance with vaccination there will be more variants of the new coronavirus.
NUMBERS OF CONTAGIONS EXCEED 200 THOUSAND PER WEEK
The third wave COVID-19 in Peru It has reached its highest peak of infections. In recent days, it tripled the number of cases reaching more than 200 thousand.
the analyst Juan Carbajal indicated that this wave of infections would have started on December 25, when the daily average of infections was only 1,500. However, by January 6, the peak of the second wave was exceeded, with an average of 10,600 cases.
Cesar Munayco He also indicated that there is an explosive growth in cases in almost all regions of the country and urged everyone to continue maintaining care measures and for parents to vaccinate their children.
“Hospitalizations and deaths are not as high as in previous waves and this is a product of vaccinationThat’s why it’s key to keep getting vaccinated. And now that it is going to happen in children, please, parents, go and take your children because it is important to be protected”, sustained the Republic.
However, specialists warned that there are people who are at risk of presenting more severe cases of COVID-19 for having chronic diseases and not having full vaccinations.
The regions with the highest risk of infection and death are Loreto and Ucayali, due to the low availability of oxygen and low vaccination coverage in native populations, where myths about vaccination still exist.
The former Minister of Health, Patricia Garcia, He estimated that the country may possibly reach the maximum peak of infections in the second week of February.
He also warned that the more people get infected, the more likely a new variant will appear. In addition, it is not yet known whether omicron will leave sequelae in people who become infected.
“Apparently, the sequelae of omicron can be very similar to the sequelae left by the other variants, there are people with muscle pain, inflammation of the heart tissue, neurological problems. The question is whether this new omicron also leaves sequels, apparently yes, tiredness and affectation in memory “, he concluded.