This morning, the Minister of Health, Kelly Portalatino He made an unexpected visit to the Hipólito Unanue Hospital in the El Agustino district, where he took the opportunity to testify about a possible fifth wave of COVID-19 infections in Peru.
The head of the Minsa estimated that this new wave of cases would be occurring slightly approximately in the fortnight of decembermeanwhile, if an exponential increase is reported, it would escalate to a moderate to severe level in the months of March and April 2023.
It should be noted that the increase in cases of COVID-19 has been reported for a few weeks. In Loreto and Moquegua the increase has been registered since October. However, for some specialists the so-called fifth wave has already begun, as pointed out by the President of the Peruvian Society of Intensive Medicine, Carlos Lescano Alvain interview with RPP News.
“The number of cases has increased. The percentage of positivity has exceeded 5%, we are already at the beginning of the fifth wave ”, he asserted.
Along these lines, he estimated that this increase in infections would last between one and two months, taking as evidence the fourth wave that was registered in the first months of 2022. “Due to the speed of increase in infections, we are talking about the start of the fifth wave at the end of October ”, he pointed out.
The president of the Peruvian Society of Intensive Medicine stressed that despite the increase in positive cases of the coronavirus, this panorama is not the same in the cases of patients who require hospitalization and added that people who are entering the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is due to other reasons.
“In hospitalizations the increase is still very small. In intensive care they are practically isolated cases. We have patients who test positive for COVID, but they are in the ICU for another reason,” she expressed.
This Wednesday in the session of the Council of Ministers, The Minsa will propose that the use of masks become mandatory again in spaces where there are crowds of people. This is due to the Christmas season, which concentrates a large number of people in shopping centers.
“We encourage people to wear a mask in crowded places, we don’t want older adults with risk factors to die. I call on older adults with asthma, with obstructive lung diseases, with hypertension, to continue the third and fourth doses to prevent covid-19,” said Minister Portalatino.
For her part, the regional manager of Health of La Libertad, Kerstyn Morote He expressed his support for the Minsa proposal to evaluate that the use of masks is once again mandatory in some spaces.
In this regard, Lescano Alva expressed his agreement with this initiative and added that not wearing masks in crowded places represents a risk since the disease spreads more easily and he stressed that it is not only the responsibility of the authorities but also falls on the people.
“Those who are vulnerable people should not expose themselves or be exposed by the family environment to contagion. In other words, they should not go to places where biosecurity measures are not in place to reduce contagion as much as possible and the family that lives with them should not be an element that brings the virus home and exposes vulnerable people,” he asserted. .