Guatemala has increased surveillance as a result of a modest increase in Coronavirus instances

Guatemala increases surveillance due to rising Coronavirus cases and the detection of the highly infectious ómicron subvariant. Health officials urge the public to remain vigilant and follow biosecurity measures, including mask usage. Read more.

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After the Department of Health and Government Agencies (Mspas) published an Epidemiology Alert for the subvariant of risk VOC-SARS-CoV-2 B.2.12.1, which corresponds to the ómicron family, prevention and treatment in communities now involve returning migrants.


As per the state health department, this was first discovered in the U. S. in April, and it is currently the most infectious, with 58 % occurring in that nation.

The Public Healthcare Lab stated that the first detection of this new coronavirus mutant in Guatemala took place on May 24 and accounted for 20% of the overall; nonetheless, they cautioned that the risk resides in its greater extent of infection compared to the previous (27 percent more).

It also has a stronger evasion against antibodies from vaccinated individuals, however, a rise in the number of hospitalized patients is not anticipated.


Dr. Lorena Gobern, the Mspas's chief of epidemiology, verified the day before that the number of Coronavirus cases has increased in recent weeks, especially in Guatemala's, Zacapa, and El Progreso districts.

According to the Mspas' directives, health centers must increase the number of samples sent to the National Laboratory from confirmed samples in order to identify the spread of this subvariant or the appearance of others swiftly.

Given the nation's current scenario, which puts the majority of towns on high or medium alert, health officials advised the public to continue biosecurity precautions, including proper mask use, which has been allowed in open areas for weeks.

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