Montevideo, Jan 15 (EFE) .- Uruguay entered this Friday in the red zone of risk of the pandemic of the Harvard index, according to the information provided by the Uruguayan Interdisciplinary Group for Data Analysis of covid-19 (GUIAD-COVID-19 ).
This group, which brings together Uruguayan scientists and researchers from various disciplines to measure the impact of covid-19 based on data analysis, confirmed in its daily report that the country “enters the red zone of the Harvard index”. that is, an average of 25 cases per 100,000 people in a week.
Uruguay registered 957 cases this Friday in the 8,792 analyzes carried out for a cumulative 30,946 positives since the health emergency was declared in the South American country on March 13, 2020 and 291 deaths -after the eleven deaths declared in the day- due to coronavirus Sars -CoV-2.
The daily report of the National Emergency System (Sinae) also established the number of active cases at 8,232, of which 116 are in intensive care.
Three of the 19 departments (provinces) of the country are in the red risk zone: Rivera (north, bordering Brazil), with a value of 46.84 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; Montevideo (south), with 39.79; and Rocha (southeast, also on the border), with 32.01, according to the GUIAD-COVID-19 graphs.
In a day in which the resignation of neonatologist Daniel Borbonet, one of the co-coordinators of the Honorary Scientific Advisory Group (GACH), which helps the Government of Luis Lacalle Pou in the management of the pandemic, the voices of scientists have not stopped being heard that demand more restrictions from the Executive.
Among them, the infectologist and researcher Julio Medina, who referred this Friday on Twitter to Uruguay’s entry into the red risk zone and added: “The virus is ahead, it has taken us even more advantage.”
And he specified: “221 days to go from green to yellow / 56 days to go from yellow to orange / 32 days to go from orange to red”, for which he concluded that “what is expected is that the departments that are not yet in red evolve there “and established as a” priority “to protect the health system.
Due to the increase in cases in recent weeks, in what constitutes the first wave of the pandemic in the country, the Uruguayan Government reported on January 6 that it will keep its borders closed (including for Uruguayans and residents) until the end of the month.
However, the president announced the extension by two hours, the closure of bars and restaurants, which until January 10 was midnight, and the reopening of public shows. In both cases, it was left to the discretion of the local authorities, which, as in Montevideo, opted for more restrictive measures.
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