Cases of COVID-19 infections in Honduras continue to rise, with 239 registered this Monday, while the deceased already number 182 with two confirmed by the National Risk Management System (Sinager), the state agency reported.
Although until now the Central American country is approaching 600 daily PCR tests, with 239 new cases confirmed today, the count is still very low, according to medical sources, who consider that 2,000 or 3,000 samples are needed each day to have a greatest idea about the pandemic in the country.
With the 239 cases confirmed today, the number of infections has risen to 4,189, according to the Sinager, which also added to its statistics five new recoveries, with which there are already 473, which have left the danger of dying.
As new infections emerge, the number of hospitalized is also increasing, which today reached 446, of which 400 are in stable condition, 26 serious and 20 in intensive care, while the rest remain under sanitary surveillance, indicated the Sinager.
Public hospitals, at least in the two most important cities, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, are also seeing their installed capacity of beds reduce to attend to so many patients, so various sources do not rule out the collapse in hospital buildings.
The department of Cortés, in the north of the country, and Francisco Morazán, center, where the capital Tegucigalpa is located, continue to be the main epicenters of the pandemic that Honduras has dragged on since mid-March.
Cortés is the region with the highest industrial, commercial and economic development in Honduras, and according to the Vice Minister of Health, Roberto Cosenza, today, rapid response teams have evaluated nearly 50,000 Hondurans on suspicion of COVID-19 in that department, which makes border with Guatemala.
He added that two months after starting the sweeping work and creating epidemiological fences, visiting house by house in neighborhoods throughout the department of Cortés, the Rapid Response Teams (ERR) have identified 631 symptomatic patients of COVID-19 through clinical evaluation, in addition to having taken 959 PCR samples.
“The work of these teams has allowed us to prevent regional health centers from collapsing, since it has been possible to attend to risk groups at home and follow up on the epidemiological links of confirmed cases,” said the senior official.
He also indicated that to increase the PCR testing process for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health is evaluating the establishment of a microbiology laboratory in the Health Sciences building of the National Autonomous University of Honduras in San Pedro Sula.