A Public Health employee, part of the Honduran Government’s Anti-Covid Medical Brigades, interviews a person in search of positive cases of Covid-19, on October 30, 2020, in a neighborhood of Tegucigalpa (Honduras). . / Gustavo Amador / Archive
Tegucigalpa, Nov 19 . .- The number of infections with covid-19 in Honduras increased this Thursday to 103,551, while the deaths to 2,853 in eight months of the pandemic, reported the state National Risk Management System (Sinager).
Of only 317 new laboratory PCR tests processed, 63 were positive, with which the infections rose to 103,551, the health agency said in a statement.
Added to the Sinager statistics were 14 new cases of deaths from the same disease, for a total of 2,853, from the first ten that were recorded at the end of March.
Today 564 people who are hospitalized were also diagnosed, of which 412 have a stable condition, 138 are in serious condition and 14 are in intensive care units nationwide.
The numbers of hospitalized have fallen in recent months, although the curve of the pandemic continues to rise and there is no clear picture of the magnitude of infected, because the PCR tests that the National Virology Laboratory processes daily continue being few.
Medical sources who are at the forefront of the covid-19 pandemic consider that the country needs to process at least 3,000 tests daily, as they do in most countries.
The pandemic has come to reiterate the deficiencies of the Honduran health system that, in addition to the health emergency caused by covid-19, for two weeks has faced the double tragedy caused by tropical storms Eta and Iota, which were previously powerful hurricanes in categories 4 and 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale when entering Nicaragua.
As a result of the damage caused by the two natural phenomena, laboratory PCR tests have decreased.
The situation has reached the extreme that on Wednesday the Sinager did not report new cases of infections and deaths from covid-19 in the Central American country.
According to versions of doctors who work in public hospitals, the cases of deaths and infections will rise because it will not be possible to guarantee health security in shelters with thousands of victims who left the storms Iota and Eta, although authorities of the Ministry of Health assure that there is control to prevent the pandemic from multiplying. .
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