Fortaleza has a tendency of “rapid elevation” in transmission, says SMS

The current epidemiological scenario of Strength can be considered as “moderate viral circulation”with a tendency of “rapid rise” in the Covid-19 transmissionaccording to a bulletin from the Municipal Health Department (SMS) published this Tuesday, 21. The folder indicates that this behavior may indicate the introduction and dominance of “new” subvariants of Ômicron (BA.4 and BA.5).

In total, the proportion of positivity of RT-PCR samples, considered the most reliable test to detect the disease, was 22.2% between June 14th and 20th (367 positives out of 1,600 tests performed). The number is more than four times higher than that recorded two weeks ago, when the proportion was 4.8%. The balance takes into account the tests carried out by the laboratories of the public network of the Capital.

The current moving average of 91.7 cases is 54% higher than the one recorded two weeks ago (59.6). “After the end of the third wave, we were in a stable period until May, when there is a linear and progressive increase in cases”, explains SMS. Regarding deaths from the infection, the City continues to face a low mortality scenario, with no confirmation of new deaths since May 24, 2022.

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The reduction in fatalities has been fast since January 26, when the moving average of deaths peaked in the third wave. This year, 844 deaths have already been recorded in Fortaleza, 758 of them between January and February. March, April and May marked 66, 15 and five deaths from Covid-19, respectively.

The heat map of the disease cases in 2022 is especially characterized by the formation of a cluster of high intensity us high HDI neighborhoods, starting from Meireles and expanding to the south to the neighborhoods of Aldeota, Dionísio Torres, Joaquim Távora and Fátima, and to the east to the neighborhoods Papicu, Cidade 2.000 and Cocó. SMS reminds that these populations have greater access to diagnostic tests for the infection.

According to the secretariat, the increase in testing and vaccination coverage with a complete schedule in all age groups (including booster doses for certain groups) continue to be, along with non-pharmacological measures, the crucial strategies to consolidate the control of the disease. . The folder also warns of the possibility of underreporting, due to the use of self-tests combined with less testing of mild cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, most cases (73%) are concentrated in the age group between 20 and 59 years, while 73% of deaths were confirmed in the group of 60 years and over. Already are 365,207 cases and 11,273 deaths confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic in Fortaleza, according to consolidated data at 7:47 am this Tuesday, 21, on IntegraSUS, a platform of the Ceará Health Department (Sesa).

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