Uruguay did not record any deaths by Covid-19 on Saturday, which had not happened since December 2020, amid the slowdown of the pandemic in the country due to the high rate of vaccination.
“Today there have been no deaths diagnosed with Sars-CoV-2 in our country,” announced the National Emergency System (Sinae), a state agency that records cases of the pandemic, this Saturday afternoon. There were 83 new infections, after more than 4,000 daily cases at the end of May.
Five months after the start of the vaccination campaign, the country, with 3.5 million inhabitants, has 73% of its population inoculated with at least one dose, while 64% have the full regimen. Health authorities have even approved a booster dose of Pfizer’s immunizing agent for those who have already received two injections of Coronavac, from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac.
The excellent immunization rates accompany the sharp drop in the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations in intensive care observed since June. The country had 1,619 active cases on Saturday, a sharp drop from the peak at the end of May, when there were 37,000 people hospitalized with the disease.
After remaining for several weeks as the country with the most daily deaths in relation to its population, with a record 79 deaths on April 15, in the last seven days the average was three deaths per day. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 5,986 deaths from Covid and 382,360 cases of the disease.
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