Bogotá on red alert for the British strain of the virus

Bogotá declares itself on a red alert for the possible presence of the British strain of the coronavirus.

Although there is no official confirmation yet, the uncontrolled increase in COVID-19 cases in the Colombian capital could indicate that the variant of the virus is circulating in the city, as explained by Mayor Claudia López.

“We are declaring a red alert in the city of Bogotá. There is a red alert because possibly we have a new, much more aggressive, much more contagious strain of COVID-19 circulating in the city of Bogotá, which is causing a higher viral load and greater transmissibilityhe explained.

This red alert assumes that the lockdown, already imposed in three highly populated areas, will apply to the entire city until Sunday, followed by a night curfew.

Colombia has just exceeded 45,000 deaths from COVID-19. On the last day, he logged a A record 17,500 new infections, almost a third of them in Bogotá, where intensive care units are at the limit of their capacity.

Brazil exceeds 200,000 dead and Bolsonaro says “life goes on”

Brazil presents even more dizzying figures. The South American country has crossed the barrier of 200,000 deaths, confirming itself as the second most victims in the world, only behind the United States, which has exceeded 365,000 deaths.

President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the most denialist leaders, has said that he regrets these data, before adding that “life goes on.”

“We regret that today we are exceeding 200,000 deaths, but life continues (…) It is useless to continue with that old story of ‘stay home, we will see the economy later.’ That will not work, it will be chaos in Brazil “he said, in a critical tone, referring to the restrictive and distancing measures adopted by various states.

Peru buys 38 million doses of vaccine from China Sinopharm

Peru, which has just exceeded 38,000 deaths from coronavirus, has signed an agreement with the Chinese pharmaceutical Sinopharm for the purchase of 38 million doses of its vaccine, with the commitment that the first million will arrive this January.

The Andean country is betting on the health brigades that, accompanied by the military, visit homes in vulnerable neighborhoods of Lima and other places to carry out tests and examine neighbors, in an attempt to contain the second wave of the pandemic.

When the vaccines arrive, the first to be immunized will be health personnel, law enforcement and the elderly with risky diseases and disabilities.