As Peru reaches 13 months under the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, there still are no signs of things getting any better and the number of people dying has reached a level far greater than anything that has been seen so far according to data released by Peru’s Ministry of Health (Minsa).
COVID variants, primarily the P.1 variant from Brazil, have almost certainly taken over in Peru as the predominant variant bringing greatly increased transmissibility and greater effects on young people including children.
HOSPITALIZATIONS AND ICU CARE
During the month of April, hospitalizations have continued to steadily rise while the number of people in ICU units with COVID has been all over the place bringing into question the accuracy of the numbers presented.
POSITIVITY RATES OF TESTING
The amount of COVID testing across Peru still remains extremely high when compared to the first months of the pandemic. Unfortunately, the percentage of positive tests has climbed during the month. In the past week, 1 out of every 6.6 people tested has been found to be infected with COVID-19.
The most troubling data continues to be the extraordinarily high numbers of deaths. In the first half of April, there have been 46% more deaths each day compared to the worst previous month. The past week has seen an average of 310 deaths a day in Peru.
WHAT LIES AHEAD
To be honest, I don’t think anyone really knows. The current government is clearly not willing to increase measures that could have an effect. Their actions are much more reactive rather than proactive.
The amount of vaccines in the country is still pitifully low with only about 200,000 arriving each week for a population of 33 million. At that rate, it will take several years to vaccinate all the adults in the country. Promises of greater levels of purchased doses have been promised for months without the promised availability so everything coming from the current administration seen with great skepticism.
What is most concerning is that, without vaccines, the potential for new variants which could prove to be more transmissible and even more lethal increases each week and month.
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