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Increase in occupancy of ICU beds and infections sets off alarms about possible fourth peak


Stock Photography. MinSalud alerts for an increase in the occupancy of ICU beds throughout the country. Photo: Colprensa

The Deputy Minister of Health, Luis Alexander Moscoso, reported that, in recent days, there has been a 20% increase in the occupancy of Intensive Care Units (ICU) throughout Colombia, as reported by RCN Radio.

From the Unified Command Post (PMU) held in Turbaco, Bolívar, the vice minister pointed out that the infections and deaths reported to the court on November 11 (2,644 new cases and 40 new deaths), they were directly related to the social interactions that occurred during the week of recess and Halloween.

“We see that in the areas of greater interaction, at the tourist level or the border with Venezuela, it caused an increase in cases, today we are seeing it in loss of life and in people who are entering hospital services,” said the official, as reported by the Bogota station.

According to Moscoso, the number of hospitalizations for covid-19 is high and what worries the portfolio the most is that the majority of people who enter ICUs are youngTherefore, the Ministry associates the situation with the interactions of the holiday bridge on October 31.

In this sense, the Vice Minister of Health asserted that the outlook for the month of December will be uncertain, because with the high number of interactions that are reported during the festivities, concern is increasing about what will happen to the health of Colombians (with respect to covid-19), especially in children.

“If the weekend of the children’s celebration impacts us, we are concerned about what could be presented in the month of December, with many more interactions they are throughout the month and much larger, because adults and people who are at risk”Moscoso told RCN Radio.

Faced with the outlook, the official reiterated the call to Colombians not only to continue complying with biosafety protocols, but also to be vaccinated against covid-19 and, in the case of older adults, apply the third dose of the biological.

It should be remembered that, in mid-October, Deputy Minister Moscoso had warned that the fourth peak of the pandemic in Colombia could occur in November. As detailed by the official at the time, the projection was based on the last beta analysis that had been carried out at that time, which is how contagion is measured in the country, and indicated that it had risen 0.45.

“It means that in November we may have a peak, an issue that worries us a lot, so I believe that in these two weeks we must work very hard on the issue of vaccination and isolation,” explained the Deputy Minister of Health.

The official also had recognized that the possibility of a fourth peak of the pandemic during the month of November was increasingly feasible, because at that time a slight increase in infections was already reported in Antioquia, Norte de Santander and Atlántico. “In addition, we are already beginning to see slight increases in other departments such as Magdalena, and this is going to happen throughout the country when we have greater delta circulation “Moscoso noted.

With a cut-off to November 12, the Ministry of Health reported that, with 2,559 new cases of covid-19, Colombia already had 5,026,822 confirmed infections, of which 13,615 were active. The report also indicated that, to date, 4,868,397 people in the country had recovered from the disease, while another 127,721 had died from it.

To date, the areas of the country that accumulate the most cases of covid are: Bogotá, with 1,457,768; Antioquia, with 760,886; Valle del Cauca, with 413,303; Atlántico, with 334,089; Cundinamarca, with 265,111, and Santander, with 227,490.

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