The President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, announced this Wednesday that his country has sanitary capacity for 8,700 cases, 622 of them serious, of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the pathogen SARS-CoV-2.
The president appeared at a press conference offered at the Executive Tower of Montevideo, in which he was accompanied by the Minister of Education and Culture, Pablo da Silveira, and the Minister of Labor, Pablo Mieres, in addition to the director of the Planning and Budget Office (OPP) of the Republic, Isaac Alfie.
“Today we have 382 beds available out of the 622. Remember that there is a government commitment to have 100 more. Without counting these, today we would have to have around 8,700 infections to have the capacity fully supplied. We should have those 8,700 cases to have all occupied beds of CTI (intensive care), “said Lacalle Pou.
The Uruguayan head of state reported that, after the 448 tests carried out this Wednesday, 32 new cases were registered, for which there are 456 total infections in Uruguay.
“If one sees the rate of contagion, even today with a specific vector -in reference to the fact that 22 of the 32 positives were registered in a psychiatric hospital in Montevideo-, and sees the rate of recovery (192), nothing makes one think, if This citizen agreement continues to be fulfilled, that we are facing a surge of cases, “he said.
The president recalled that, between the real numbers of cases and “the preparation of the country for a maximum negative hypothesis”, “the path of precautions” continues, which has allowed “part of the life of Uruguayans to develop, not with normal, but it develops. “
Uruguay has been in a health emergency since March 13, when the Government declared the first four positives. Since then, public shows and classes have been suspended, and house confinement is recommended, but there is no mandatory quarantine.
To avoid the transfer of citizens from the capital to the most touristic departments (provinces) during Tourism Week (Easter), the authorities decided to install patrols on national roads and close access to all beaches.