The modern plague advances, despite vaccines and the phenomenal deployment of science and technology, despite the fact that so many intelligent minds have been working on antidotes, despite the sustained efforts of health personnel and doctors who have been working tirelessly for more than a year. This virus mutates, gains new impulses and also threatens the way of life we had, the economic system, democracies themselves, individual freedoms and even the daily way of carrying out our most basic activities such as education, work, travel, leisure. Nothing is the same.

With a total of 800,099 deaths and more than 25.3 million infections, Latin America is the region second most affected by the coronavirus, after Europe, which already has 974,318 deaths. In the last 24 hours, Argentina has more than 20,000 new cases of illness, including President Fernandez himself, who has suffered only slightly from the virus thanks to having received two doses of inoculation.

In Chile, while the intense vaccination campaign continues, with 90% of the population confined and ever stricter control measures, contagion has not been reduced, although changes can be noted, such as a decrease in serious cases in those over 70 years of age, who have received the second dose of the vaccine. But in parallel to this, those under 60 years of age have “had a very significant increase in cases”, as Miguel O’Ryan, a doctor at the University of Chile, pointed out. There is already talk of a third dose, while it is difficult to determine whether we are in a “second or full third wave”, with the new variants and mutations.

Brazil, for its part, has for the first time recorded more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours, making it one of the epicenters of this pandemic in the world. The total number of cases continues to rise, driven by a more contagious variant of the virus. As of yesterday, the country’s total death toll reached more than 336,000, second only to the United States.

The photo-report is by Lucas Aguayo Araos:

Enfermera muestra test de muestra de Coronavirus en Valparaíso, Chile