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Peru: Get to know Lima's districts where COVID-19 cases have doubled

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11:09 | Lima, Nov. 23.

There has been a significant increase in COVID-19 infections nationwide during the past two weeks, the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud) has reported.

However, in the case of Lima Metropolitan Area, there are two districts where cases increased by around 200% compared to the previous week. 

EsSalud's Intelligence and Data Analysis Unit Chief Dante Cersso reported that Comas district experienced an increase in cases (+202%), climbing from 90 in the 45th epidemiological week (November 7 to 13) to 272 cases in the 46th week (November 14 to 20).

The expert added that it is followed by Carabayllo, a district were the number of new cases went from 44 to 131 cases (+198%); San Martin de Porres, 133 to 367 (+176%); and Puente Piedra, 50 to 98 (+96%).

ICU beds

Cersso indicated that an increase in the occupancy of hospital beds and ICUs due to COVID-19 is also observed in various EsSalud hospitals nationwide.

"At the beginning of this month there were 1,606 beds occupied in hospitalization (areas), a figure that has now increased to 1,808 beds, while the number of patients occupying ICU beds went from 331 to 358," he detailed.

The EsSalud official said this increase in cases over the last two weeks is due to a higher number of tests conducted to detect this virus and failure of affected citizens to comply with biosafety measures.

At the national level

At the national level, Cersso reported that the following regions registered increase in COVID-19 cases: Ancash, +154% (155 to 394 cases in three weeks); Arequipa, +37% (154 to 211 in four weeks); Piura, +155% (280 to 714 in six weeks); and San Martin, +38% (46 to 62 cases in three weeks).

Given these figures, EsSalud urged the entire population to attend immunization centers so as to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and not to neglect biosafety measures such as the wearing facemasks, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands frequently.

(END) LIT/MVB

Publicado: 23/11/2021
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