Lima, Oct 16 (EFE) .- The number of patients admitted to hospitals in Peru due to covid-19 fell below 6,000 people this Saturday, the first time it has occurred since the first weeks of May, according to released data by the Ministry of Health.
In total, to date there are 5,940 patients who require medical attention in the country, after 232 people were discharged from hospital during the last day, the highest figure so far this month of October.
The new cases declared positive in the last 24 hours were 3,132, which brought the accumulated number of cases to 865,549.
In contrast, 5,279 people recovered from the disease, for a cumulative total of 774,356.
The dead reached 33,702, after adding 54 new deaths, also one of the lowest figures since May.
Regarding positivity, the data between tests carried out and positive cases was 12.8%, higher than the 11% of the previous day but still within the downward trend compared to previous weeks, where it was higher than 20% .
DO NOT LOWER YOUR GUARD
The positive data regarding the disease is leading the government of President Martín Vizcarra to insist on the population to maintain security measures to prevent a re-outbreak of it.
“It is true that the indicators of the pandemic are decreasing on a national scale; however, we do not have to lower our guard. We must continue to take care of ourselves to avoid outbreaks ”, insisted the president of the Council of Ministers, Walter Martos, while supervising an operation to control and monitor covid in the Lima district of Villa El Salvador.
Meanwhile, the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm announced that it will expand the number of tests of its vaccine against covid-19 in Peru and will add another 6,000 volunteers to the trials that it has been carrying out in the country since the beginning of September, which will be added to the 6,000 that they already participate in investigations.
Researchers from the Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) and Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) universities, which carry out the vaccine studies together with Sinopharm, enabled the registration page this Saturday to recruit volunteers for phase III tests of the disease .
According to the official Andean agency, the director of the UPCH investigations, Germán Málaga, this second group of tests will be aimed at vulnerable populations, that is, those who may be at greater risk of contracting covid-19.
Thus, he specified that this registration seeks health workers, members of the Police and Armed Forces, drivers and collectors of public transport, workers in markets and public cleaning, and others whose daily activity involves continuous contact with the public.