The Ministry of Health reported, this October 17, 7,017 new cases of coronavirus in Colombia. In the last 24 hours, 43,891 tests were processed, 28,856 are PCR and 15,035 antigens.
The report also indicates that the death toll is 187. Today the country reaches a total of 28,803 deaths since the virus reached the national territory.
Colombia reached 952,371 infected of which 73,966 are active cases and 847,467 correspond to positive cases that have already overcome the disease.
In terms of Covid-19 infections by cities and departments of the country, Bogotá and Antioquia continue to lead, followed by Valle del Cauca, Huila and Santander.
There are 1,400 conglomerates in the country. The territories are: Amazonas, Antioquia, Arauca, Atlántico, Barranquilla, Bogotá, Boyacá, Bolívar, Caldas, Caquetá, Cartagena, Casanare, Cauca, Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Huila, La Guajira, Magdalena, Meta, Nariño, North from Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Valle, Vaupés, Vichada, Guaviare and Guainía.
Caldas prepares to attend the peak of Covid-19
From Manizales, Caldas, and accompanied by local and national authorities, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Fernando Ruiz Gómez, He led the 64th Unified Command Post for attention to Covid-19, to analyze the departmental and municipal response to the virus.
The head of the Health portfolio indicated that to date there are 8,491 cases presented until yesterday, of which 1,848 are active and 6,429 recovered. There have been 181 deaths in the department.
In addition, 41,543 tests have been processed for a population of 1,018,453 inhabitants with an ICU occupancy of 60.57%.
The head of the Health portfolio said, regarding his visit to the department, that “We have an important growth in the availability of ICU beds with the expansion and installation of new units in established territorial areas that did not have this availability before and in Manizales”.
In Colombia, he explained, the incidence is 284.09 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Caldas it is 297.51 and in Manizales it is 440.98. Regarding mortality, a rate in which “an increase in the last four weeks is not yet reflected in the department”, This shows 7.27 deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, while Colombia is 8.87 deaths.
“When we compare the fatality by age group in Caldas, when compared with the national, we find that in advanced age in Colombia we have 30% while in the department 16%”, Held.
He also noted that the department is at the peak of cases, but possibly not at the peak of deaths, because this occurs between two and three weeks later. “It is a good time to strengthen two elements: to ensure that chronic patient care programs, especially home care programs, function with good coverage. This is because it reduces vulnerability. The second is the strategies at home for the monitoring of asymptomatic and patients with mild symptoms. That can greatly change success “, he assured.
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