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Covid-19 Hospitalizations Rise 40 Percent in El Salvador

San Salvador, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Hospitalizations due to Covid-19 increased 40 percent in the last three weeks in El Salvador, a source from the medical sector indicated today.

The Union of Medical Workers of the Salvadoran Social Security Institute (Simetrisss) reported the increase in hospitalizations, something that matches alerts issued by epidemiologists and private sector physicians who in recent days addressed the spread of the disease.

A spokesman for the union, quoted by the newspaper El Mundo, said that the number of patients attending the Health Units of the Salvadoran Social Security Institute (ISSS) are being transferred to the El Salvador Hospital, due to their clinical condition.

‘Patients who require oxygen are arriving delicate to the emergency units and are being transferred to El Salvador Hospital in a delicate state, we are talking about an increase of between 30 and 40 percent of what we normally had’, specified a doctor.

The spokesman told the newspaper that three to six patients are transferred to the hospital created to treat the virus, unlike previous months when no hospitalizations were reported due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.

He explained that most of the hospitalized patients are older adults suffering from chronic diseases that aggravate their health, especially their lungs.

According to the epidemiological bulletins of the Health Ministry, only this year there are 354 positive cases of Covid-19, however, the last record of the entity contemplates cases up to July 22.

The physicians warned that there are ‘many health personnel sick, as there is no longer a containment area, but all are seen to be at risk and there is no longer a Covid area and there is no adequate control of the patients, so the workers are being affected’.

In the last week, medical specialists assured on television media that they have evidence of the presence in the country of the new subvariant of omicron EG.5, also known as Eris.

According to reports quoted by the newspaper La Prensa Grafica (LPG), only in the National Hospital of Santa Ana there were 30 deaths due to the disease, while in the National Hospital of San Miguel they report a similar number.

An investigation by LPG, based on internal health information, revealed that between March 31, 2020 and January 31 of this year, El Salvador suffered a total of 15,956 deaths from the virus, but the government only reported 4,299.