Lima Peru /
The Minister of Health of Peru, César Vásquez, confirmed the death of 15 people from covid-19 so far this year in his country, so he reiterated that it is necessary to get vaccinated again and maintain prevention measures against the disease.
“So far we have 15 deaths, but these deaths are figures that are statistically expected and occur year after year, even in pre-pandemic times“said the minister during an official activity broadcast by local media.
He added that, in the times “when Covid had not yet arrived, other types of respiratory infections, such as influenza, pneumococcus, caused a similar number of deaths“.
“Basically those who die are vulnerable groups: the elderly, people who have other serious underlying illnessesand that is why we, as a government, are insisting on the vaccination of these vulnerable groups, it is important that people who have risk factors get vaccinated,” he emphasized.
Despite the increase in infections and deaths that have been reported in recent days, Vásquez reiterated that his country does not face “a sixth wave” of the diseasewhich made Peru the nation with the highest mortality rate in the world.
“We are very far from those figures of terror that we experienced in the pandemic; however, there is a significant increase in cases, It is a stationary peakreminded the population that the covid virus is here to stay and is already part of the endemic diseases in our country,” he said.
The minister said that “infections have increased significantly, but hospitalizations and deaths have not increased in that same proportion.”
Given the alarm caused by the increase in cases in the country, Vásquez confirmed this Monday that the covid-19 pandemic ended in May 2023, but insisted on the importance of the application of the bivalent vaccine, which protects against the lineage JN.1 of the coronavirus, which It is considered highly contagious right now in your country.
The minister announced this Tuesday the purchase of the monovalent vaccine adapted from the Pfizer laboratory which, according tois “more efficient” against the new variant of covid-19, although he said that its use still has to be regulated.
Currently, the Andean country registers 3 thousand to 5 thousand new cases per week, compared to the average of 700 until November, while the majority of those who died during the first days of the year are adults over 65 years of age.