In just 10 days of the current month, the new Coronavirus killed 75 men and 72 women. The death rate has accelerated; Despite this, Salud maintains unrestricted the next game in Cuscatlán, where more than 30,000 people are expected.

October aims to be the month with the most deaths from covid-19 so far in the pandemic, which began in March 2020, in the midst of a third outbreak of cases that has the hospitals of the country’s health system in a borderline situation .

The increase in deaths associated with SARS-CoV-2 gained strength since September; But when comparing the first 10 days of that month and the current one, it is clear that the rate of deaths in October is higher, according to official data.

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For the first dozen days last September, 50 men and 37 women lost their lives due to covid-19. The account in the first 10 days of October already amounts to 75 men and 72 women.

The figures are actually much higher, since according to medical experts inside and outside the country, there is an underreporting of cases and deaths in El Salvador; therefore, the real numbers are between nine and 10 times greater than the figures that the Government exposes in covid19.gob.sv.

Health personnel mourn the death of a nurse from covid-19. / Photo EDH

Thus, while that portal mentions 3,392 deaths from covid-19 until October 10, this figure would not fall below 30,000 people who have lost their lives due to the new Coronavirus in the country, since March 2020.

The Ministry of Health has not established additional restrictions regarding the mobility of the population, except for the decree endorsed by the Legislative Assembly last July, when it was established that for three months (which will end in October) are prohibited: rallies, celebrations and patron saint festivities, concerts and events of a public or private nature that involve crowds.

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This decree initially included sporting events, but then the Health authorities reversed themselves, and allowed, for example, the matches of the El Salvador soccer team against the United States, Honduras and Panama to take place with the normal presence of the public. , recently, at the Cuscatlán stadium.

Fans at the Cuscatlán stadium, on October 7, 2021, during the intonation of the anthem, prior to the game against Panama.
Photo Jonatan Funes

Next Wednesday, October 13, the match between the teams of El Salvador and Mexico will be played, where the Salvadoran Football Federation recently announced that the 31,000 tickets they made available to the public are already fully sold, so a full house is expected which may be a scenario that facilitates the massive contagion of covid-19, as alerted by the Francisco Gavidia University.

Nor have there been any announcements from Health regarding new measures in bars, restaurants, discos, churches and other crowds of people.

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