Uruguay recorded no deaths from Covid-19 this Saturday, which had not occurred since December 2020, amid the slowdown of the pandemic due to the country’s high rate of vaccination.
“There are no deaths from Sars-CoV-2 in our country today,” announced the National Emergency System (Sinae), a state agency that records cases of the pandemic, this Saturday afternoon. After more than 4,000 daily cases at the end of May, there were 83 new infections.
Five months after the start of the vaccination campaign, 73% of the population in a country of 3.5 million residents has been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 64% have a complete regimen. Health officials have also approved a booster dose of Pfizer’s antibody for people who have already received two injections of CoronaVac from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac.
The excellent vaccination rate is accompanied by a sharp drop in the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations in intensive care seen since June. The country had 1,619 active cases on Saturday, a sharp drop from the peak at the end of May, when 37,000 people were hospitalized with the disease.
After several weeks as the country with the most daily deaths in relation to its population, the average was three deaths per day over the past seven days, with a record 79 deaths on April 15. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 5,986 deaths from Covid and 382,360 cases of the disease.