El Salvador registers 163 new covid positives and exceeds 36,350 cases

According to the official site covid19.gob.sv of the Ministry of Health, of the 36,358 COVID-19 infections, 2,598 are reported as active, 1,039 deaths have been registered, and 32,721 Salvadorans have recovered. EFE / Rodrigo Sura / Archive

San Salvador, Nov 14 (EFE) .- El Salvador registered 163 new cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on Friday, so the number of positives exceeds 36,350 since mid-March, when the pandemic broke out in the country, the date, according to official statistics updated this Saturday.
According to the official site covid19.gob.sv of the Ministry of Health, of the 36,358 COVID-19 infections, 2,598 are reported as active, 1,039 deaths have been registered, and 32,721 Salvadorans have recovered.
The Ministry of Health reported that on Friday six more people died of the virus, of which four were men and two women between 30 and 80 years old.
So far in November, the highest number of daily infections is that registered on the 4th with 205 positives, the rest of the days the number of cases per day ranges between 160 and 190.
The municipality of San Salvador continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic with 4,330 cases, followed by the towns of Soyapango and Mejicanos with 2,880 and 1,247 positives, respectively.
The authorities of the Ministry of Health promote and insist daily on the implementation of sanitary measures, such as the use of a mask and constant hand washing, to avoid a re-outbreak of infections, as is happening in other countries.
So far in the pandemic, various sectors have questioned the statistics provided by the Executive and, for example, in the case of deaths from covid-19, according to the mayors, a higher number than the official one.
The Salvadoran government does not make public the records of deaths with suspected coronavirus or atypical pneumonia.
In mid-October, the Minister of Health, Francisco Alabí, indicated in a press conference that the figures for deaths from COVID managed by the Government are based on laboratory tests.
On the other hand, Alabí defended the decision to put the information related to coronavirus tests under reserve for two years.
“We cannot give access to the clinical records of patients for the guarantee of privacy, this information can be used in an inappropriate way,” said the official.
However, the Index of Reserved Information of the Ministry of Health indicates that the minister declared the reserve of “memorandums and correspondence generated by the National Public Health Laboratory that contain information related to the mechanisms of taking, processing and disclosure of test results for coronavirus, directed to the different dependencies of the Ministry of Health “.
“We must be prudent. In due course there will be time to deepen this data, but when we are out of a health crisis,” he added.

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