Paraguay confirms first case of reinfection by COVID-19 while deaths exceed 3,000

The Minister of Health of Paraguay, Julio Mazzoleni, confirmed this Thursday the first case of reinfection by
Covid-19 in the South American country, after having received reports from an international laboratory.

The official detailed in a press conference that it is a man who resides in the city of Ñemby, Central department, who was infected for the first time in July 2020 and his reinfection occurred in November of the same year.

He pointed out that the data were provided by a highly prestigious international laboratory, where a total of 20 samples from patients with suspected reinfection, corresponding to the last half of last year, were sent for evaluation sequencing.

« By sequencing two different lineages are evidenced that demonstrate the first reinfection of the country. No other lineage of the virus of public health interest has been identified in that period of time, » he said in this regard.

On the other hand, it reported that so far no new variants of the Coronavirus in the country.

This Thursday, Paraguay surpassed the barrier of 3,000 deaths as a result of the disease, with a total of 3,008, with 17 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

Similarly, another 1,369 positive cases were detected, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 148,622 so far in the pandemic.

In contrast, another 812 patients managed to overcome the disease, thus totaling 124,105 recovered patients to date; while 858 remain hospitalized, 240 of them in intensive care.

Regarding the current epidemiological situation in the country, Minister Mazzoleni pointed out that the fatality and mortality rate remains two to three times below that of other countries in the world.

He mentioned that in the last week there was an increase in infections of around 18 percent, while in the previous two there was a decrease in cases of Sars-Cov-2.

The areas most affected by the pandemic continue to be the capital Asunción and the Central department, while a second wave has been confirmed in the Alto Paraná department, the official said.

Regarding the sanitary measures currently in force throughout the country, he indicated that the time restriction and the sale of alcoholic beverages will be maintained until midnight, and that the start of classes scheduled for March 2 will be blended in schools.

This Thursday, the first batch of 4,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines arrived in the South American country, out of a total of 1,000,000 purchased by the Paraguayan Ministry of Health, directly from the Russian Investment Fund.

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