Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Poe announced new restrictive measures that would remain in force until 12 April to prevent the spread of Kovid-19.
Public offices will remain closed except for essential services and the person learning for all levels of education will also be suspended. Clubs, gyms, amateur sports, public events, parties and social events will also be suspended, and restaurants and bars will close at midnight. The “free shops” on the border with Brazil, duty-free shops where Brazilians want to resell in their cities, will also be closed.
“If free shops are a hub (for risk), we close them,” the Uruguay president said at a press conference on Tuesday night.
Uruguay’s neighboring Brazil is one of the world’s worst countries affected by the epidemic, in which intensive care units are overwhelmed, cases are increasing, and some essential medical supplies are running low. It has the second highest number of cases of viruses and deaths, exceeding only the United States.
The President also said that the number of ICU beds in the country will be increased with 35 additional beds in the private sector, 10 in the military hospital and 84 beds in the public sector.
“Stay in your bubble, be with your close family,” Laclede said.
Uruguay set a record for new cases and deaths, with 2,700 new cases and 19 new deaths on Monday. Also, on Monday, health officials said Brazilians in the country P.W. 24 cases of 1 variant have been detected. The country also set a record on the same day for the number of active cases – 14,418 and a record for the number of people in the ICU – 188.
According to the country’s Ministry of Health, 1,801 new cases of the virus have been registered in the country on Tuesday, out of which a total of 86,007 cases have been registered. In addition, 16 additional virus-related deaths were recorded on Tuesday, taking the total death to 827.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in its weekly news conference on Tuesday, highlighted the rise in cases in Uruguay. PAHO director Drs. Carissa Etienne said that Uruguay has reported more than 1,000 cases per day several times over the past few weeks, which is alarming given the size of the country.
The current population of Uruguay is 3,482,469 as of March 24, 2021, based on the world-wide expansion of the latest UN data.