Eleven new cases of coronavirus were confirmed this Thursday in Paraguay in the largest sample collection processed in one day, a total of 71, bringing the total number of infected to 52.
Of the 51 tests completed this Wednesday, four were positive.
Of the 11 confirmed cases as of date, 7 are from patients who have been abroad, three from people linked to the first case and one without a link, announced Health Minister Julio Mazzoneli.
Meanwhile, the number of hospitalized is 4 and the rest infected, that is 48, remain in their homes in isolation, the minister detailed in his Twitter account, without referring to the fatal cases, which until Wednesday were three.
Health authorities consider that there may be a greater number of infected in the country, since the capacity of the health system to process the tests is limited, although in recent days three private laboratories have been authorized to strengthen the detection of the virus.
For this reason, “we are seeing a tenth of the problem due to the processing capacity of the Central Laboratory,” the director of Sanitary Surveillance, Guillermo Sequera, insisted on Thursday.
Until before the report of the eleven new cases, the epicenter of the cases is Asunción with 24 positives, followed by the departments of Central, which borders the capital, with 14, Cordillera, Caaguazú and Alto Paraná, all with 1, in the center and this of the country.
The first case of coronavirus was reported last March 7 in a young Paraguayan who was in Ecuador and was discharged after quarantining his home.
Three days later the Paraguayan government decreed a preventive social isolation of 14 days, later extended until next April 12 with the closure of the borders, the suspension of commercial flights and greater restrictions on social confinement.
This Thursday, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez enacted an emergency law to deal with the economic impact of the pandemic, which includes a request for a credit line of up to $ 1.6 billion.