Uruguay authorized the “exceptional entry” of Uruguayan citizens or foreigners residing in the country who, suffering from the COVID-19 disease, require entry.
President Luis Lacalle Pou signed the decree that indicates that these people will be able to enter “provided that they do so through a private and not collective means of transport, in which isolated permanence is guaranteed or, failing that, together with their family unit during the trip.”.
“The people referred to, once they enter the country, must comply with the social and preventive isolation regimen and other current sanitary measures,” added the decree.
The country again broke its own record for daily positive cases this Thursday on a day in which they registered 10,650 new infections and also reached for the first time 65,665 active.
According to the daily report of the National Emergency System (Sinae), of the 36,302 tests carried out, 10,650 were positive, so the country accumulates 483,820 total cases since March 13, 2020, when the health emergency was decreed when the first four infections by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were detected.
Of that total, 65,665 are people who are suffering from the disease and 55 of them are in intensive care centers (CTI).
On this day there was six fatalities, so the total number of deaths from COVID-19 increased to 6,211.
On December 29, Uruguay confirmed the arrival of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 after the increase in cases in recent weeks led scientists in the country to suspect that it had already entered and genomic sequencing led to its detection.
The Minister of Public Health, Daniel Salinas, explained at the time that the health authorities expected a “similar behavior“to that which is in the world, that is, an increase”very strong” of cases despite vaccination although with particular characteristics.
This Monday, President Lacalle Pou gave a press conference with Salinas in which he emphasized that they do not plan to close the borders again -which reopened on November 1 after 20 months- and that the country, despite the high numbers of positives, has “the great defense” from his high level of vaccinations with two or three doses.
What’s more, this country eliminated the obligation for tourists to undergo a PCR test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus one week after entering.
This Wednesday began the inoculation with the American pharmacist Pfizer to children between 5 and 12 years old in a day in which there were almost 13,000 registered to receive the first pediatric dose.
Regarding vaccination, according to the web monitor developed by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), 2,682,082 people (75.70% of the population) completed their immunization schedule of the Chinese pharmaceutical companies Sinovac, the Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca and the American Pfizer.
Furthermore, 118,759 people were inoculated with only the first dose, while 1,621,163 received a third dose.