COVID-19 in Bolivia since August

Bolivia // 17 October, 2020

At least 139,562 cases and 8,439 deaths.

See the Ministry of Health website (in Spanish) and Municipal Risk Index.

Status: Outbreak

17 October: Despite the continuing downward trend, hundreds of cases continue to be reported each day and over 60 municipalities remain in the High Risk category nationwide. Tarija department has been a recent hot spot for transmission with nine out of 11 municipalities at high risk.

In total 139,562 cases and 8,439 deaths have been reported. Santa Cruz (31%) and La Paz (25%) continue to be the most affected departments.

24 September: Cases continue to fall throughout September. A total of 131,990 cases have been confirmed, of which 7,731 fatalities and over 91,500 recoveries are reported. Santa Cruz and La Paz remain the most affected departments with 42,336 and 34,091 cases respectively. In the last week the majority of cases have been reported in Tarija.

30 August: La Paz continues to be the most affected area and cases continue to rise there. National quarantine measures have been extended to 30 September. Facemasks are required in public places. Schools, public events and religious gatherings remain suspended.

15 August: More than 1,000 new cases reported most days. Some residents are turning to a mobile crematorium to handle the remains of their family members. The national control measures have been extended through at least 31 August. Social distancing and the use of masks in public places remains obligatory, and there is a curfew in place from 18:00 and 5:00, with a daytime curfew on weekend days. Departmental and municipal governments will determine commercial activity and other services and activities not governed by the national decree, and may add restrictions as needed by local conditions.

2 Aug: High levels of community transmission are ongoing. An average of 60 deaths each day have been reported. Unconfirmed sources indicate there have been thousands of deaths out of hospital since the beginning of the outbreak, many of which may be due to COVID-19. Hospitals in some areas are said to be overwhelmed, and oxygen may be in short supply.

See earlier news updates for Bolivia here.

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