Montevideo, Jun 22 (EFE) .- The safety of the pools “without risk of contagion” is the axis on which the sanitary protocol of the typical thermal centers located in Paysandú and Salto (northwest of Uruguay) is based with views of its opening during the austral winter holidays, as it was presented this Tuesday.
At the headquarters of the Ministry of Tourism, the head of the portfolio, Germán Cardoso, and the heads of the local government of the aforementioned departments (provinces), Andrés Lima (Salto) and Nicolás Olivera (Paysandú), offered a press conference to invite Uruguayans to “carry out tourism safely, seriously, responsibly, applying and complying with all the protocols established by the Ministry of Public Health.”
In that sense, Cardoso highlighted that the University of the Republic carried out a study in which 97 samples were taken from the pools throughout the year, which in 100% of the cases were negative for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. .
“The virus does not circulate in the water and in the hot springs there is no risk inside the contagion pools,” said the head of the portfolio, who reaffirmed: “The covid-19 virus in the hot springs is not transmitted.”
In addition, he reiterated the importance of wearing a mask, of systematic hand washing and use of alcohol gel, of moving in familiar bubbles and of maintaining ventilation.
On the other hand, he announced that the portfolio reached an agreement with Banco República so that tourists can have benefits through the use of a card and stressed that it seeks to promote this destination at a regional and extra-regional level.
In accordance with this, he pointed out that Uruguay could return to the International Thermal Tourism Fair (Termatalia), which will take place in Spain between September 16 and 17.
Finally, Cardoso spoke about the vaccination process in Uruguay and said that it is advancing at a “very remarkable” level worldwide, so that herd immunity that “so much hope generates for tourist activity” will soon be achieved. .
As shown by the web monitor developed by the Ministry of Public Health, at 13.33 hours (16.33 GMT) on Tuesday 1,429,720 people, that is, 40.41%, had completed the vaccination schedule, while 731,691 are waiting for the second dose. EFE
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