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Minister Ximena Garzón indicated that the number of infections decreased by 2,800 over the past week.

On Wednesday 26th, the Minister of Health, Jimena Garzón, acknowledged an increase in the number of deaths from the Coronavirus in Guayaquil.

After a meeting of the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) held in the city of Buenos Aires, the official explained that in the last two epidemic weeks, more than 30 deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in the city.

“In terms of deaths, we can see that in the city of Guayaquil, we have 14 confirmed deaths and 4 probable deaths from coronavirus in the first week of January, in the second week 33 confirmed deaths and 6 probable deaths, and in the third week, 30 There are three deaths, probable. “This week, five have been confirmed,” Garzon said.

He also indicated that in Guayaquil there was a decrease in infections, in the last epidemiological week, in at least 2,800 cases.

He explained that in the national public health network, there are 63% occupancy in beds for hospitalizations, 65% in intermediate care areas and 81 in intensive care units (ICUs).

The official explained that ten patients are on the waiting list for beds in hospitalization areas, two of them are in intermediate care and none in the intensive care unit.

With regard to the network consisting of IESS, Issfa and Isspol, hospitalization areas for coronavirus have an occupation of 63%, in intermediate care 69% and 83% in the intensive care unit.

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In the network of private health institutions, the occupancy rate of beds for COVID-19 patients is 66% in hospitalization areas, while it is 68% in the intensive care unit, Garzon reported Wednesday 26.

He added that the omicron variant exceeds 93% of positive cases nationwide.

Vaccination of children under 3 years old

Minister Garzon also announced that the COVID-19 vaccination will be analyzed for children under 3 years old. To do this, the problem will be discussed on the technical table. After two weeks the results of this analysis will be known.

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Initially, the official indicated that if an injection is given to children under 3 years old, the vaccine that will be applied will be from the Sinovac brand.

Garzon confirmed that the implementation of the ban on children aged 3 to 5 years will begin in the second week of February. (I)

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