Bolivia beat its daily record of COVID-19 infections with 3,005 new cases reported this Friday that brought the cumulative figure since March 2020 to 346,070, amid a third wave that is hitting the country and has forced several cities to apply restrictions again.

The report of the Ministry of Health released tonight also reports 77 new deaths, bringing the deceased to 13,857 since the disease was detected in the country in March last year.

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The previous daily record of confirmed cases was registered on January 27, during the second wave of the pandemic in Bolivia, when 2,866 new infections were registered.

The regions that reported the most cases on this day were the eastern Santa Cruz, with 1,033 new infections, the central Cochabamba with 863 and La Paz with 358.

The new confirmed cases in the other five regions range between 22 and 238, according to the official report.

Since this month, the country has been in the ascent of the third wave with reports that have reached more than two thousand cases per day on a sustained basis and this week there were more than 80 deaths in one day.

Given the increase in cases, the Mayor’s Office of Santa Cruz, capital of the homonymous region, ordered new restrictive measures on this day, including a rigid quarantine on the last two Sundays in May, the circulation of people and vehicles only between 5:00 and 20:00 Monday to Saturday and the ban on mass events.

The Mayor’s Office of Cochabamba ordered similar measures for that city, which will also have restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles for hours from Monday to Saturday and a total quarantine on Sundays, in addition to the attention in financial entities according to the completion of the identity document.

In La Paz, Mayor Iván Arias tonight led the cleaning and disinfection efforts in squares and streets with high pedestrian traffic.

La Paz regretted on this day the death of its municipal secretary of Health, René Sahonero, and Cochabamba that of its director of Internal Audit, Erick Ciro Bustos, both because of the covid-19.

The heads of intensive care units in La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, the main axis of Bolivia, report saturation in services and oxygen shortages, in addition to having confirmed this week that the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus is already in Bolivia.

The government’s generalized immunization plan against the disease is advancing with the application of Russian vaccines Sputnik-V, Chinese Sinopharm, AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer.

Data from the Ministry of Health show 1,058,435 vaccinated with the first dose and 298,610 people who have already received the second.

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