On Tuesday, the Uruguayan government approved the exceptional entry into the country of national and foreign residents infected with COVID-19 who wish to keep quarantine at their homes.
“We must show solidarity with these compatriots, who were infected on their holidays’ travels and are passing the disease abroad with uncertainty and high economic expenses,” Health Ministry Daniel Salinas stated.
Once the persons concerned enter the country, they must arrive at their places of residence via a private vehicle and comply with the mandatory quarantine for at least 15 days.
Although Uruguay reported a daily average of 7,500 COVID-19 cases over the last week, Salinas stressed that this measure will not present many risks to the population, 77,2 percent of which has already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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On Dec. 29, Uruguay confirmed the arrival of the Omicron strain, which national scientists hope will cause more contagions but less severe symptoms, as it did in other countries.
“Despite this reality, we must continue to comply with the COVID-19 preventive measures to avoid irresponsible contagions or an unnecessary collapse of the health system,” Salinas pointed out.
As of Jan. 14, this South American country had reported 483,820 coronavirus cases and 6,211 related deaths, six of which occurred in the last 24 hours.