Paraguay has accumulated 72 deaths and 6,705 cases of coronavirus since March

With these data, the number of active cases in the country is 1,452 people. EFE / Nathalia Aguilar / Archive

Asunción, August 8 (EFE) .- Paraguay confirmed on Saturday three new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths to 72, and the detection of 197 new cases, which increased the number of infected since March, when the disease arrived to the country, to 6,705, according to a daily report by the Ministry of Health.
The dead on Saturday were a 69-year-old man at the National Hospital of Itauguá, another 86-year-old in Ciudad del Este and a 58-year-old woman in Paraguarí.
In the last few hours, 58 patients were also discharged, so that the number of recoveries reached 5,181.
With these data, the number of active cases in the country is 1,452 people.
After a decline since late July, the number of active cases increased again earlier this week.
In addition, the number of people in intensive care also continues to grow, with 31 hospitalized, compared to 25 on Friday, while patients in the ward went from 52 to 53, according to data from the health card.
Health reported on Saturday, by means of a statement, the reduction of sampling over the weekend to focus on “a particular group of the population”.
Specifically, the tests will be performed on emergency patients, hospitalized, follow-up of positive or deceased cases without conclusive results.
The director of the Laboratories Network of the Ministry of Health, Santiago Insaurralde, explained that this decision responds to a need to adjust the sampling and delivery of results.
This Friday, Paraguay celebrated five months since the detection of the first case of coronavirus in a citizen returning from a business trip to Ecuador.
Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni pointed out at his weekly press conference on Friday that the country is entering “the most difficult stage of the pandemic”.
This is also demonstrated by data from the past few months, with 32 deaths in July and 23 in August, so far.
The most critical situation remains in the department of Alto Paraná, where more cases have accumulated so far, due to permeability with the border with Brazil, according to the director of Sanitary Surveillance, Guillermo Sequera, said on Friday. After Ciudad del Este, Asunción and Central, the country’s most populous department, also recorded a significant number of cases.
In this regard, Sequera said that of 90% of the cases in the last three weeks, half occurred in Alto Paraná and the other half in the Center and in the capital.
By the way, Mazzoleni informed that the Ministry will recommend to the Head of State, Mario Abdo Benítez, that he keep Asunción and the Central Department in the third phase of the gradual reactivation, until the 30th of this month.
The two areas were already behind the other parts of the country that advanced to phase four, which allows the return to the activities of a large part of all sectors, albeit in a controlled and restricted manner, those that involve an agglomeration of people.

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