Given the presence of the Omicron variant on national territory, the Bolivian Medical College warns that the country could register between 15,000 and 20,000 infections a day in two more weeks if the government does not take measures to curb the accelerated spread of those infected into the last two weeks.
“Within two weeks we can have anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 cases a day if we don’t take the measures,” warned College President Luis Larrea.
The doctor explained that Santa Cruz department, hardest hit by the fourth wave, should enter into a strict seven-day quarantine to stop the fall wave. He warned that between 10 and 20 days the infections will increase rapidly.
“We talked to the president of all department schools, Santa Cruz should be in a seven-day quarantine at this time or take the recommendations into account. The dark days for Bolivia will be in 10 or 20 days where we will be spending 15,000 or 20,000 cases, ”he warned.
The representative regretted that, to this day, hospitals continue to lack medical equipment, human resources and biosafety that make it difficult for doctors to fight the pandemic.
He announced that at least 500 health professionals in Santa Cruz Department had been infected with the virus.
“Unfortunately there are no biosecurity teams, staff or equipment. Infrastructure is needed, it is not possible that health workers are reduced instead of increased in this explosion of cases. Only in Santa Cruz we had 500 injured, La Paz and Cochabamba are in the same place Situation, ”he added.
The doctor said the government should step up vaccination campaigns and also deemed it appropriate to give the fourth dose in the country.
“The fourth dose has to come, we have to step up the vaccination, the use of the third dose and the fourth is in May,” he said.
11,002 new infections with the virus and 40 deaths were reported on Thursday, a new high seen in the past two weeks since the pandemic began in the country.
Health Minister Jeyson Auza confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant in the country on Friday, but pointed out that the “official” report must be reported by the National Institute of Health Laboratories (Inlasa).