Guatemala adds 5,080 deaths from covid-19 and 144,982 infections in total

This content was published on 12 January 2021 – 17:45

Guatemala, Jan 12 (EFE) .- Guatemala has accumulated 5,080 deaths from covid-19 and 144,982 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus since the disease was detected in March 2020, the Ministry of Public Health and Assistance reported on Tuesday Social.

According to statistics updated by the health authorities, 30 people succumbed to covid-19 in the last day and 1,809 new infections were detected by SARS-CoV-2, one of the highest figures in recent months.

To date, Guatemala has carried out a total of 768,803 detection tests for the pathogen, of which 21.5% have been positive, according to the same source.

The health portfolio counts 5,080 deaths from covid-19, 7,080 active cases and 131,974 people recovered from the disease. In addition, it establishes a cumulative incidence of the virus of 860 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a mortality rate of 30.1 per 100,000 people and a fatality of 3.5%.

The first case of coronavirus was detected in the Central American country on March 13, 2020, forcing a lockdown and closure of the country for at least four months.

The president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, said on Monday that in the face of the increase in covid-19 cases, his government is again analyzing various measures.

The main focus of the disease is the department of Guatemala (center), where 2,495 deaths, 73,651 cases and an incidence of 2,094 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants are registered.

Guatemala became the first country in Central America to reach 5,000 deaths from covid-19 last Sunday, although according to experts the figure is much higher due to the under-registration of deaths.

Of the Central American isthmus, only Panama comes close to the number of deaths recorded in Guatemala, with about 500 fewer deaths, although Guatemala has almost four times the population of Panama.

Honduras, for its part, exceeds 3,200 deaths, Costa Rica 2,300, El Salvador around 1,400 and Nicaragua estimates around 160, although the official figures for the latter country are under dispute by independent entities. EFE

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