Latin America starts the year under the spread of Ómicron, but rules out lockdowns


Latin American countries are under the impact of the Omicron variant.

Latin American countries are under the impact of the Omicron variant.

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If somewhere the masks were gone, now they are back. The mass parties were canceled at many points, and the lines at the test centers were growing. These are some of the scenes that multiply in various nations of Latin America to ring in the new year, which marks the spread of the omicron variant of covid-19.

Every time more Latin American countries beat their own records for new infections in one day since the beginning of the pandemic.

Although all the the evidence points that this is a less aggressive variant than its predecessors, the Pan American Health Organization warned that its spread “along with increased personal contact due to the holiday and holiday season, can cause a increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks”.

The governments of some Latin American countries have implemented health passes that promote vaccination. They have also chosen reduce periods of isolation of people who, vaccinated, have become ill, or have had close contact with sick people. The intention; that this variant is not a new impediment to economic recovery.

Argentina, for example, this week surpassed 50,000 daily cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The government reduced the isolation from 10 to five days in asymptomatic cases and with a complete scheme, and in those who have a complete scheme but also symptoms, they must be isolated for seven days, and not the 10 previously required.

In less than a week, Bolivia it has quintupled daily cases to 6,149, a figure that represents the peak of the pandemic. There, the fully vaccinated population is 38% of the population.

PAHO warns of the increase in infections that are also experiencing Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Mexico and Brazil, that have reported high levels of mortality with other variants of covid-19, do not yet show a significant increase in cases due to Ómicron, although in the case of Mexico the figures are increasing and measures such as the cancellation of mass celebrations on the occasion of the new year.

chili, which has 93% of adults with a complete scheme, has infections under control, says the government. However, what is happening in Argentina and Bolivia is under scrutiny.

CubaFor its part, it has implemented the imposition of a complete vaccination passport for travelers; From January 5 onwards, a negative PCR test must be shown.

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