COVID-19 pandemic in Bolivia

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COVID-19 pandemic in Bolivia
COVID-19 Outbreak in Bolivia by Confirmed Cases.svg
Map of the outbreak in Bolivia by department (as of 13 May 2020)
  600+ confirmed cases
  300–599 confirmed cases
  150–299 confirmed cases
  50–149 confirmed cases
  1–49 confirmed cases
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakSpain, United States
Index caseOruro and Santa Cruz
Arrival date10 March 2020
(2 years, 6 months and 20 days)
Confirmed cases3,148
Suspected cases70
Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Bolivia when its first two cases were confirmed on 10 March 2020. They were in the departments of Oruro and Santa Cruz.[1][2]

On 12 March, Bolivia ended all public school sessions until 31 March, as well as all commercial flights to and from Europe for a long time. They also prohibited large-scale public gatherings of more than 1,000 people.[3]

Following the announcement of the first confirmed case, incidents were reported among the local population, including panic buying of surgical masks[4][5] and hand sanitizer and blocking access to hospitals.[6]

On 19 March a patient under observation who was required to stay in isolation tried to escape but was caught when he tried to take a trip between departments.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. @MinSaludBolivia (10 March 2020). "#ULTIMO" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. "Confirman los dos primeros casos de coronavirus en Bolivia". Los Tiempos (in Spanish). 10 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  3. "Gobierno suspende clases hasta el 31 de marzo y todos los vuelos europeos desde el sábado". Los Tiempos (in Spanish). 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  4. Cambara Ferrufino, Pablo Cesar (13 March 2020). "No todas las personas deben usar barbijos, sepa cuándo y cómo utilizarlos". El Deber. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  5. Cabrera, Ulises (17 March 2020). "Ministro dice que barbijos de tela no sirven, pero ambulantes los comercializan" (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  6. "Suspenden bloqueo en la ruta a Warnes por la apertura de un centro de atención para pacientes con coronavirus". El Deber (in Spanish). 13 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  7. Alanoca Paco, Jesus Reynaldo (19 March 2020). "Procesarán a sospechoso de coronavirus que huyó cuando debía estar en cuarentena". El Deber (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 March 2020.