Given the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in the Santa Cruz department, medical professionals are suggesting encapsulating this region to stop the chain of viral infections.
Santa Cruz is experiencing its worst moment since the virus arrived in the country, registering 4,376 new infections on Wednesday, with the capital Santa Cruz being the hardest hit city.
Santa Cruz Medical College president Wilfredo Anzoátegui claimed that the only way to reduce infection is by encapsulating it for at least 10 days.
“It needs to be encapsulated from seven to 10 days to be able to reduce the infection rate. We have seen that the first, second and third level hospitals are saturated. The only way to avoid this explosion of cases is through encapsulation, since we saw that the restrictions are not producing the results we want, so this is the only way to go, ”he added.
Anzoátegui believed that the Omicron variant of the virus is already present in national territory due to the increase in infections over the past week.
“We see that with the other variant (Omicron) we reported 4,376 to the department yesterday, which shows that the contagion rate is short. The contagious phase of the Omicron can last three years and that complicates the situation,” he added .
He regretted that the explosion in cases is reducing the capacity of hospital care due to the number of patients arriving at health centers.
Regarding the declaration of a national emergency, the doctor said she hoped the measures would strengthen health services, both in terms of equipment, medicines and staff.
He found that 25 doctors in the department were infected with Covid-19, a dozen of them in intensive care.