Workers in Santa Cruz start 48-hour strike to demand stricter lockdown measures amid surge in coronavirus circumstances.
Healthcare employees in a area of Bolivia hit laborious by the coronavirus pandemic launched a 48-hour strike on Tuesday, as they attempt to strain authorities to impose a strict lockdown to fight rising infections.
The nation has recorded greater than 229,000 COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 10,800 coronavirus-related deaths, in accordance with Johns Hopkins University information.
Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s most populous and affluent area, has registered almost 80,000 circumstances and greater than 5,000 deaths up to now, in accordance with official figures.
Edil Toledo, the appearing president of the Santa Cruz Medical College, instructed Spanish information company EFE that Santa Cruz “is the epicentre” of the pandemic in Bolivia.
“Every hour there are between 30 to 40 cases. Every hour a patient dies. The situation in Santa Cruz is worrisome,” Toledo stated.
With hospitals overwhelmed with sufferers, Toledo stated docs had met with native officers greater than a dozen instances to demand extra drastic measures to rein in infections – similar to imposing stay-at-home orders or halting public transportation – however they failed to succeed in an settlement.
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Chanting and waving indicators, a whole lot of healthcare employees marched within the streets of Santa Cruz in the direction of the regional authorities workplace because the strike kicked off on Tuesday.
Emergency healthcare employees and hospitals treating COVID-19 sufferers have been reportedly not a part of the strike, however all different medical procedures, together with specialist care, have been suspended.
The Bolivian authorities has been reluctant to place extra measures in place amid an financial downturn attributable to the pandemic.
It is hoping that its vaccination marketing campaign will get the pandemic underneath management.
More than 8,000 folks have been vaccinated to this point, in accordance with the Bolivian well being ministry, most of them well being employees.
In January, Bolivia obtained an preliminary 20,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, out of a complete of 5.three million deliberate doses.
It additionally expects to obtain about a million vaccine doses in March via COVAX, a World Health Organization programme to make sure equitable entry to vaccines.
The COVAX programme goals to ship 1.three billion vaccine doses to 92 eligible low- and middle-income nations in 2021, although it faces potential delays.
Bolivia additionally is predicted to obtain one other 5 million doses in April of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, native media has reported.
The authorities has stated this may be sufficient to vaccinate the nation’s 11.5 million folks.