[All data presented is up-to-date through January 15, the most recent published by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).]
The effects of the Christmas and News Year’s holidays are now clear and perhaps are worse than expected across the country.
With hospitalizations soaring and ICU units across the country full or nearly full, the final indicator of just how bad things are after the holidays — deaths — is making it clear that this is an extremely serious situation.
The past three days has seen 91, 90, and 116 deaths reported. The rolling 7-day average started to shoot up around January 4 and has risen nearly 30 a day in barely a week and a half. Expect it to climb much more more over the next few weeks.
Hospitalizations have nearly doubled since Christmas.
The number of people being treated under ICU care doesn’t appear to be rising as rapidly, but likely that is due to the fact that there simply are very few ICU beds available across the country.
The positivity rate of testing continues to rise as well. The recent dip was a result of an unexplained one-day drop, but the overall trend is undeniable as the most reliable indicator of just how much COVID-19 is again spreading across the country.
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