After nine weeks of reporting a de-escalation of Covid-19 cases at the national level, the Ministry of Health reported a “slight increase of 6 percent”. Authorities and health experts are asking not to lower our vigilance and step up measures in the face of a possible fourth wave.
“A slight increase in cases of 6% has been reported, so we take this opportunity to urge all Bolivians to take extreme biosecurity measures. Social distancing, the use of a chin strap, hand washing are important to contain and mitigate the pandemic, “said Health Minister Jeyson Auza.
He also urged the population to get vaccinated against the virus in mass centers in order to contain infections and achieve herd immunity in the shortest possible time.
For nine weeks, Bolivia maintained a de-escalation of cases, according to the 32nd week epidemiological report, which will be considered until Saturday, August 14th.
National Director of Epidemiology, Freddy Armijo, stated that Santa Cruz saw an increase of 57 percent in Pando, 18 percent in Tarija, 14 percent of cases, 13 percent in Chuquisaca, 11 percent in Beni, 5 percent in Cochabamba and 2 percent reported in Potosí.
The decline in cases is maintained in La Paz with one percent and in Oruro with 6 percent meanwhile.
Former health minister and public health expert, Guillermo Accounts, said “we are on the verge of a fourth wave”.
“If it’s the Delta variant, we will have three different characteristics, first that it is more epidemiologically contagious, more aggressive and more demographic as it affects all ages including children,” he said.
However, he pointed out that the “advantage” of this new wave is that the country has a higher percentage of people who have been vaccinated. According to the latest report from the Department of Health, 42 percent of the vaccinable population over the age of 18 received their first dose and 29 percent have completed their vaccination schedule.
With that percentage of people vaccinated, he said it “will be very difficult” to peak in the cases reported in the second and third waves. “As we vaccinated more, we will have a fourth wave with less clinical aggressiveness and the death rate will decrease,” he said.
In the meantime, he recommended not lowering our vigilance, maintaining biosafety measures, and using coercive measures without incurring penalties, such as: B. the requirement of the vaccination card to increase the vaccinated population.
More than six months after vaccination against Covid-19 began in the country, the Ministry of Health wants to achieve “herd immunity” in September. The goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the target population, depending on how the campaign goes and the doses the government has bought.
Health will evaluate the work of the headquarters
The Minister of Health announced that in the face of a possible fourth wave of the pandemic, department-specific assessments of the vaccination process to contain Covid-19 will be carried out.
“We will conduct department by department evaluations, not with the aim of injuring vulnerabilities, but with the aim of x-raying ourselves and working together to develop mechanisms that will enable us to improve our vaccination coverage. ” he explained.
In the capital cities, coverage of 63 percent has been achieved to date, but it is worrying that it is only 31 percent in rural communities.