TODAY NICARAGUA – The Covid-19 Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizen Observatory) in Nicaragua reported this Friday that during the week of February 4 to 10, 113 new suspected cases of coronavirus were registered in the country, and 10 deaths possibly due to the pandemic.
According to this independent body, made up of an interdisciplinary team of volunteer professionals, with these new reports the accumulated figure rose to 12,890 presumptive cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic arrived in Nicaragua in March 2020.
The data recorded by the Observatory is significantly different from the official report issued by the Ministry of Health (Minsa), until February 9, according to which there is a cumulative of 6,347 cases and 171 deaths from the disease.
During the week of February 2 to 9, that entity only reported 48 cases and one death.
4 new suspected cases among health personnel
According to the Citizen Observatory report, during the week of February 4 to 10, four new suspected cases of Covid-19 were reported among health personnel.
The Observatory pays attention to this sector, as it is the one that is at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic and is at risk of contracting the disease. As of February 10, 875 health workers had been reported with associated or presumptive symptoms of coronavirus.
Departments most affected
Managua, with 4,880 cases and 970 suspected deaths of Covid-19 continues to lead the departments where more infections and deaths are reported, presumably due to the pandemic, according to the Observatory.
The other departments most affected are: Matagalpa with 1,427 cases and 245 deaths, León with 1,021 infections and 238 deaths, Estelí with 761 cases and 163 deaths, Masaya with 753 infections and 284 deaths, and Chinandega with 393 and 144 deaths.
With the new suspicious deaths of Covid-19, the capital registers 33 percent of all deaths, Masaya 10 percent, Matagalpa and León 8 percent (each), Estelí 6 percent, and Chinandega 5 percent.
Concern about crowds
The team of independent experts also reported eight new irregularities related to arbitrariness by State institutions and exposure of people in agglomerations. Until February 10, they report 2,703 irregularities.
Against this background, and in the midst of a possible second wave of infections, the Observatory expressed its “concern” about the absence of state measures to prevent contagion. He highlighted that the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur) celebrated that more than 300 thousand people were mobilized to the six recreational centers that they manage during December and the beginning of January 2021.
“These agglomerations could cause an increase in cases and deaths that were evidenced during the beginning of 2021,” said the interdisciplinary team, which prepares this report, for this reason it called on national authorities to “guarantee the health and life of all Nicaraguans”.
In addition, he called on the public to take responsible measures to prevent the virus from continuing to spread and causing fatal losses. “We cannot affirm that the virus has already been controlled in the country. The evidence of continuity in the increase in suspected cases and deaths tells us otherwise. We continue to recommend not letting down our guard and maintaining prevention and protection measures,” the Observatory warned.