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  • April 17, 21 - 7:50 pm - LABS

    Argentina reaches COVID-19 cases record amid political tension between President and head of Buenos Aires

    Argentina reported 29,472 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number for a single day since the pandemic began. Half of these cases are in Buenos Aires metropolitan area, where Argentina‘s President Alberto Fernández tightened restrictions and implemented curfew, reported El Pais.

    It led a political tension between the Fernández and the head of the City of Buenos Aires, his opponent Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, mainly attached to the prohibition of face-to-face classes. On Saturday, Argentines protested against the restrictions and the prohibition of face-to-face classes for children, as noticed Clarín.

  • April 17, 21 - 1:19 pm - LABS

    Average number of COVID-19 deaths each day in Colombia consistently increasing for 12 days

    According to Reuters COVID-19 Tracker, the average number of COVID-19 deaths reported each day in Colombia has been consistently increasing for 12 days. Cases are also rising, with 16,459 new infections reported on average each day. The country is currently 92% of the peak.

    Overall, Colombia has 2,619,422 COVID-19 cases and 67,564 deaths since the pandemic took place. On Saturday, Colombia‘s Ministry of Health announced that up to Friday 3,590,096 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been applied in the country, and 135,000 were applied on Friday, noticed La República.

  • April 16, 21 - 12:20 pm - LABS

    Uruguay hits new daily record with 79 deaths; will send part of its vaccines to shield borders with Brazil

    Uruguay has reached a new daily record with 79 deaths from COVID-19 registered on Thursday, while the total number of deaths amounts to 1,726, according to the latest balance of the National Emergency System (Sinae) as reported Infobae. The country added 4,412 new cases after carrying out 18,835 PCR tests.

    Since the health emergency was decreed on March 13, 2020, Uruguay has accumulated 156,499 cases.

    In addition, all the country’s departments are in the red zone according to the Harvard index, accumulating more than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.

    Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou, spoke at a press conference to announce the extension, until April 30, of the measures announced on March 23, such as the absence of classes, the closure of free shops, gyms and sports clubs and limited hours of bars and restaurants until midnight.

    However, he reiterated his intention not to add other regulations to restrict mobility. “We ask that, as much as possible, people move as little as possible.”

    36.06% of the Uruguayan population has already been inoculated against the virus, most of these people with the first dose of the Chinese Sinovac‘s CoronaVac or the American Pfizer vaccine and a considerably smaller group already with the second shot. In absolute numbers, Uruguay has vaccinated 1,248,629 people, 996,155 with the first dose and 252,474 with the second, according to the web monitor developed by the Ministry of Public Health.

    Also on Thursday, the country’s Ministry of Public Health reported that it will send part of the 48,000 doses it received from AstraZeneca to provinces near Brazil. This first batch will be distributed across Artigas, Rivera, Cerro Largo and Rocha, all regions bordering Brazil, due to the risks linked to the circulation of the Brazilian P1 variant.

    These vaccines arrived in Montevideo on April 4 and are part of the WHO’s Covax program. Uruguay is set to receive 1.5 million doses from the initiative.

    Beyond the vaccines from Covax, Uruguay acquired 3.8 million doses from Sinovac and Pfizer, of which some two million are already in the country. Lacalle Pou has further acquired 1.25 million more doses from the Sinovac, expected to arrive by May in the country.

  • April 16, 21 - 9:58 am - LABS

    Entrepreneurs unite to buy “intubation kit” and donate it to the Brazilian public health service

    A group of Brazilian companies formed by Petrobras, Vale, Itaú, Raízen, Klabin, TAG and Engie got together to import 3.4 million intubation drugs from China and donate to the Ministry of Health.

    In a note, Vale stated that the drugs will be sufficient for the management of 500 ICU beds for a period of 45 days.

    The companies’ action was motivated by the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil and by the scarcity of supplies for patients in ICUs. The public health system is close to collapse and there is a threat of a lack of medication for intubation of critically ill patients in several Brazilian cities.

    The first batch of 2.3 million drugs arrived on Thursday.

  • April 15, 21 - 9:05 am - LABS

    Argentina intensifies restrictions against COVID-19 and implements curfew

    Argentina intensified restrictions against COVID-19 and implemented a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. For the first time, the Argentine Army will take to the streets to “collaborate with sanitary controls.”

    Officers and noncommissioned officers “will help with the controls of the tests and the care that the moment demands,” said the President, first reported Infobae.

    With the curfew, religious activities and face-to-face classes are banned from April 19 to April 30. In the past 24 hours, Argentina had more than 25,000 new cases and overall it has more than 58,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

    In Latin America, cases are rising: the average number of COVID-19 deaths reported each day in Colombia has been increasing for 10 days straight. Argentina and Uruguay are experiencing an increase in cases of COVID-19. On Monday, the transmission rate in these countries was the fourth and third worst in the world, respectively.

  • April 14, 21 - 2:47 pm - LABS

    Paraguay breaks new record: 89 deaths by COVID-19 in 24 hours

    Paraguay registered 89 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number to date, bringing the number of deaths since March 2020 to 4,978, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, reported Infobae.

    Meanwhile, its neighbor Brazil leads the world in the daily average number of new deaths reported, accounting for one in every 4 deaths reported worldwide each day: 3,068. Also in Latin America, Mexico has been registering 756 deaths each day.

  • April 14, 21 - 1:03 pm - LABS

    France halts all flights to and from Brazil due to concerns over COVID-19 variant

    France has decided to suspend “until further notice” all flights between Brazil and France because of concerns over the Brazilian variant of COVID-19, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Tuesday as reported by Reuters.

    “We take note that the situation is getting worse and we have decided to suspend all flights between France and Brazil until further notice,” Castex said in parliament.

    Brazil recorded 3,687 deaths by COVID-19 this Tuesday, reaching 358,718 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. With that, the average of deaths in Brazil in the last 7 days reached 3,051. It is the fourth day in a row that this average is above the 3,000 mark.

    The country’s P1 variant, considered more contagious and dangerous, is one of the reasons behind the worsening of the health situation in Brazil.

    Although in France the Brazilian variant P1 represents only 0.5% of diagnosed cases, where the British strain is predominant, health professionals have been warning for a few days about the spread of this strain.

  • April 14, 21 - 12:28 pm - LABS

    Brazil’s federal government announces an extra batch of vaccines from Pfizer and calls on Brazilians to take the second dose of the vaccine

    Brazilian health minister Marcelo Queiroga announced on Wednesday, 14, that the federal government had purchased an extra batch of 2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

    According to Queiroga, Brazil may receive 15.5 million doses of Pfizer by June. The first doses are expected in April, but the exact amount has not been reported by the government.

    In March, the federal government had announced the purchase of 13.5 million vaccines from Pfizer. The contract with the pharmaceutical company was signed after several mishaps. In March, the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper revealed that the government rejected, last year, an offer from Pfizer of 70 million doses by December 2021.

    1.5 million Brazilians did not return to take the second dose of the vaccine

    About 1.5 million Brazilians who received the first dose of the CoronaVac and AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines did not return to the vaccination posts to receive the second dose, necessary for complete protection.

    Therefore, Queiroga made an appeal for these people to come to the health units to receive the vaccination booster, even those who have already missed the deadline set on the vaccination card.

  • April 12, 21 - 11:40 am - LABS

    Chile receives 200,000 Pfizer’s doses, it has the fastest rate of COVID-19 vaccination in Latin America

    Chile received on Monday morning 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer. The country has one of the fastest rates of vaccination worldwide, and the fastest one in Latin America.

    Chile had 7,945 new COVID-19 cases and 133 deaths in the past 24 hours, Chile‘s Health Ministry said on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, Colombia received 500,000 Sinovac’s doses. The country has been using Sinovac, Pfizer and AstraZeneca’s shots.

  • April 11, 21 - 6:21 pm - LABS

    The most common vaccine in Brazil, CoronaVac is more efficient if given with a longer interval between the two shots

    CoronaVac vaccine, developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and produced in Brazil by the Butantan Institute, is safe and has a 50.7% efficiency in the protection of symptomatic COVID-19 cases. For moderate cases (which require medical attention), the protection is 83.7%.

    The data are from a study published this Sunday (11) on the results of the trial carried out by Butantan.

    Another finding is that the CoronaVac vaccine is more efficient if given with a longer interval between the two shots. If the second dose is given 21 days or more after the first, the efficiency of the vaccine reaches 62%.

    CoronaVac vaccine is now administered in more than 30 countries.

    Brazil has already vaccinated 23,077,025 people with the first dose, which represents 14.3% of the adult population. The second shot was applied to 6,978,834 people. The data is from the consortium formed by the newspapers Folha de S. Paulo, UOL, O Estado de S. Paulo, Extra, O Globo and G1.

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