La Paz (AP) – The collection of bodies suspected of the new coronavirus in the streets and in homes has increased in the cities of Cochabamba and La Paz, which are among the most affected by the disease.
The Andean nation has surpassed the 2,000 deaths of COVID-19 and 56,000 accumulated infections.
Police warned that, in a single day, they collected 20 bodies in La Paz suspected of COVID-19, while the Cochabamba Forensic Investigation Institute (IDIF) reported that they collect between 40 and 45 bodies per day.
The director of the Special Force to Fight Crime (Felcc) in La Paz, Juan Luis Cuevas, said that on Thursday alone, 20 deceased COVID-19 suspects were reported and that before the pandemic, between 5 and 6 deaths were reported from different conditions.
For his part, the national director of the IDIF, Andrés Flores, said that Cochabamba continues with the increase in the collection of corpses from residences and in the streets with the symptoms of the disease.
Meanwhile, from early hours on Saturday, medical brigades intensify house-to-house tests in the most affected cities such as Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, La Paz and Beni.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, 1,946 cases and 65 deaths were registered in one day, reaching a total of 56,102 infections and 2,049 deaths since the end of March.
The disease has affected interim President Jeanine Áñez and eight of her ministers, the most recent of them the new Minister of Development, José Abel Martínez.
The president of the Senate, Eva Copa, from the party of former president Evo Morales is also infected.
On Friday night the police reported that in the San Pedro prison, in the center of the city of La Paz, the death toll rose to 20, suspected of COVID-19.
Another focus is the nursing homes, at least three of which were affected. It is estimated that more than 100 residents have the virus.
The head of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Virgilio Prieto, expressed his concern to the press for what he called an “explosion of cases”.
Prieto said that he is concerned that the rules to avoid infections in the country are not being respected and that accelerates the infections.
“We have not yet reached the peak, but we are heading towards it. The peak will occur in late August or early September, is our projection. We project about 130,000 infected, “he added.
Government and local authorities are looking for ways to reduce saturation in hospitals. One of them is house-to-house testing.
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