They point out that Ecuador is facing the highest peak of Covid-19 | News


A representative of the Ecuadorian Medical Federation, Alberto Narváez, declared this Saturday that that country is facing the highest peak of Covid-19 after the arrival of the Omicron variant, already predominant, and that infections will take several weeks to decrease.


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During a press conference, the epidemiologist pointed out that, according to his calculations, the number of new positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus per day, at the national level, ranges between 15,000 and 20,000.

Narváez pointed out that diagnostic tests are scarce in the country and the updating of the case registry created by the health authorities is delayed.

He specified that at the moment the infection rate at the national level stands at 10, that is, an infected person can infect another 10 people and this is reproduced exponentially, he said.

He explained that in the case of Ecuador, the virus finds favorable conditions to spread at a higher speed from the high humidity of January and February, so the infections will not decrease suddenly (as happened with Omicron in South Africa) but after five or six months. weeks.

He mentioned the lower fatality rate of this variant, capable of causing the death of between one and seven patients for every 1,000 infections, compared to the Delta strain, which would be one for every 100 infected.

He considered that the Omicron variant, predominant in the country, would cause many infected but few deaths, although he warned that the number of infected could overwhelm hospital capacities.

Last Thursday, the Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón, declared during a meeting of the national Emergency Operations Committee (COE) that the country is experiencing a spike in infections that has not been seen since the beginning of the outbreak.

He added that 52 out of every 100 antigen tests applied are positive for the virus, as well as 47 out of 100 PCR tests. He acknowledged that the latter could increase.

He specified that in the last week more infections have been detected among the young population and children, and urged people who have not done so to be vaccinated, as they are more vulnerable to infection. 81 percent of the target population is already immunized.

Until this Friday, Ecuador counts 578,525 confirmed cases of Covid-19, of which 215,529 are concentrated in Pichincha, seat of the capital, Quito, a province that registered an increase of 2,000 cases on the last day. Nationwide, 24,281 deaths are reported.

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