COVID-19: pandemic indicators hit record levels in April |  GRAPHICS

April was the worst month of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the country. In this period, infections, positivity of cases and mortality due to coronavirus increased more rapidly compared to March and reached new historical ‘peaks’, further boosting the demand for hospital beds and of FIA to treat moderate and severe cases of the disease.

This fact was recognized yesterday by the Health Minister, Oscar Ugarte, who pointed out that Peru is currently at the highest point of the second wave and expects its advance to slow down in the coming weeks. “We know that this second wave is being very tough. We are at the cusp, let’s hope that the next few weeks will begin to decrease, but we are expanding oxygen, expanding ICU beds, and above all vaccinating, which is the best way ”, He said.

Mortality on the rise

According to official figures from Minsa, the most alarming increase was observed in this indicator. In April there were an average of 314 daily deaths associated with the coronavirus, a figure higher by 57% even than what was observed in August (196 victims), during the worst moment of the first wave. Only in April were the 10 days with the highest number of victims of the entire pandemic recorded. The most tragic day was Sunday 18, when 433 Peruvians lost the battle against this disease.

The notable rise in daily deaths had an impact on the results at the aggregate level. Thus, in April there were 9,469 deaths from COVID-19, a figure that is equivalent to 40% of the total deaths reported so far in 2021, followed by February, with 5,468 deaths.

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This trend was also reflected in the mortality curve prepared by the Sinadef, the registry that includes deaths associated with COVID-19 and other illnesses not taken care of due to the pandemic. Although in the last two weeks there has been a slow decline in daily deaths from all causes in the country, they continue to exceed 1,000 deaths. In other words, there is still an excess of 700 deaths per day compared to a normal year.

In a report published earlier this week, Trade found that this variable shows a contrast according to geographical areas: it decreases in the capital, but increases in the regions. According to the OpenCovid-Peru portal, the north and center of the country had shown an increase in recent days. Likewise, Huánuco, Junín and Ica saw a second increase in deaths after a slight decrease in March.

However, the steepest decline was recorded in Loreto, where deaths fell by 66% compared to the maximum levels in early March. For Juan Carlos Celis, infectologist at the Regional Hospital of Loreto, the second wave of COVID-19 in the Amazon region would have been a third of the first, which caused devastating effects in mid-2020.

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Greater transmission

The increase in mortality was preceded by a strong rebound in infections. Since mid-March, positive COVID-19 cases had an almost vertical increase, which continued a month later. The highest level of infections was observed on April 15 with 13,326 new infections and the daily monthly average was 8,335 positive cases, the highest so far in the pandemic [ver gráfico].

According to the Minsa, 250,638 new infections were diagnosed in April, a figure that represents 33% of the more than 763,000 cases reported since the beginning of the year.

The rebound in the number of infected in the second wave has been closely linked to an increase in the positivity of molecular tests, which measure the active presence of the virus. According to statistics from the National Institute of Health (INS), in the last four weeks the proportion of positive tests decreased from 17.5% to 15.3% nationwide. To date, the highest rates are found in regions such as Ayacucho (42%), Puno (38%), Junín (35%), La Libertad (34%) and Cusco (33%). In Metropolitan Lima the positivity of molecular tests is 13%.

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Resources to the limit

The worsening of the pandemic accelerated the collapse of the hospital system to treat severe cases of the disease. According to figures from the Situation Chamber COVID-19 del Minsa, April closed with an occupancy of 2,550 ICU beds, 65% higher than the maximum occupancy of the first wave (1,540 ventilators).

Despite the fact that the figures published by Your health show a difference in the occupation of 272 beds, they also reveal the same upward trend. Each day in April the Executive installed an average of 9.6 ICU beds; however, the occupation advanced with the same speed. According to the supervisory body, at the end of the month this indicator was around 97.5% and there were only 60 beds available in the country.

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For its part, for two months, the occupation of hospital beds has remained on a kind of “plateau”, with values ​​still above the ‘peak’ of the first wave. In this area, occupancy levels reached 70% at the end of April.

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