The pandemic of coronavirus it continues to be the main health problem worldwide. The COVID-19 It has already taken more than 3 and a half million people, according to the records of the Universidad Johns Hopkins. As time has progressed, variants have begun to emerge. This week, the Minister of Health, Oscar Ugarte, confirmed that a case of the Indian variant of coronavirus has been detected in Peru.
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“We want to report, within the framework of the transparency that the Government does in monitoring all policies, that it has been identified in Arequipa a case of what is called today the Delta variant, but which is the Indian variant, that there was not in the country and that we have detected by the monitoring that it has been doing at the national level”Said the head of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in a press conference held on Thursday, June 9.
“She is a 78-year-old patient from the Cerro Colorado district of Arequipa, who presented the characteristic symptoms of the disease in mid-May and in a sample taken on May 15 It has been verified that it is and corresponds to the Delta variant, this is the new classification at the international level”, added.
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According to Ugarte, the patient who was infected with the Delta variant has not traveled recently and did not have contact with a person suspected of having COVID-19. For these reasons, it would be a non-imported case.
“So far only one case has been detected. We cannot affirm that this increase in cases in Arequipa is all due to this variant. So far we can’t say that”, Said Ugarte.
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FOURTH VARIANT IN PERU
The head of the Health portfolio indicated that an epidemiological siege has been carried out on the relatives of the woman infected with the delta variant, whose sample was taken on May 15 after having reported the typical symptoms of COVID-19.
“The identification of cases and the epidemiological fence continue to be a fundamental strategy to prevent a possible third wave, because both that and vaccination will prevent us from experiencing a situation similar to that of the second wave.”, Pointed Ugarte.
The presence of the Indian variant of the coronavirus was confirmed despite precautions taken by the Peruvian government to prevent its arrival, which included a ban on commercial flights with Brazil and India.
Thus, in the Peruvian territory there is evidence of the presence of four different variants of the coronavirus, since in addition to the Indian variant there is the British variant, the Brazilian variant and C.37, also called Andean, which is the majority, causing in principle 80% of COVID-19 infections in Peru.
AREQUIPA AT “EXTREME RISK”
Faced with this situation, and due to the notable increase in cases in the Arequipa region, Prime Minister Violeta Bermúdez announced that the Executive decreed extreme alert in three provinces of that department, including its capital, which is the second largest city. from Peru.
Arequipa is the only large city where an increase in infections has been reported, while at the national level cases decrease for the ninth consecutive week and deaths also decrease for the seventh week in a row.
Likewise, Bermúdez reported that the Peruvian Government has already contracted 62.7 million vaccines against COVID-19, so the president who is elected from the elections held last Sunday “you can rest assured that you have more than enough vaccines to vaccinate adults”.
Of that amount of vaccines, 4.5 million doses have already been applied, with an increasing rate that on Tuesday reached 122,000 people inoculated.
Peru is one of the global epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 180,000 deaths, which makes it the country with the highest mortality rate in the world from this disease.
With information from EFE.
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