In the midst of the new tragedy that Honduras is experiencing due to the severe floods left by tropical storms Iota and Eta, in less than two weeks, the death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 2,857, the National Management System reported on Saturday Risk (Sinager).
The agency also counted 1,149 new laboratory PCR tests today, of which 256 were positive, with which there are already 104,435 cases of contagion.
Two deaths are added, which have left the figure at 2,857, in addition to 75 new cases of patients who have managed to overcome the disease, with which the number of recovered rose to 46,208.
The Sinager also reported 539 hospitalized people, of whom 395 were stable, 133 severe, and 11 in intensive care units.
The Central American country is facing the covid-19 pandemic in very difficult conditions, with thousands of people affected by the floods left by Iota and Eta.
The risk of more infections and deaths is high, according to medical sources, because it is difficult to exercise a rigorous sanitary control in shelters with victims, to which many arrived without wearing a mask, because the floods made them leave their communities terrified. some of which were covered in water.
Some of the victims in the north of the country, the region hardest hit by the storms and the one with the highest incidence with covid-19, began to return to their communities on Thursday, but today, the Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco) asked them to return to shelters or remain in them due to new floods that are forecast for the next 48 hours.
“We know that the water levels have dropped, but let’s remember that we have a trough that will be affecting us for 48 hours and this means that it will be raining in the northwestern part and it will be raining in the border between Guatemala and Honduras,” said the regional director de la Copeco, Jaime Omar Silva.
He added that it is not intended to alarm the population, but Copeco has the mission of “preventing and safeguarding the life of each one of you and we want you to continue in the shelters.”