More than 109 million people must travel by plane, train or car between December 23 and January 2 in the country, a number 34% higher than last year.
The displacements are accompanied by an apparent increase in the pace of vaccination, especially of booster doses – the country applied 1.3 million of these doses in the last 24 hours.
Ecuador has made vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory for its population from 5 years of age onwards because of the Ômicron variant, being the first country in the world to announce the measure.
In Ecuador, 69% of the 17.7 million inhabitants have a complete vaccination schedule.
Chile, with more than 86% of the population fully vaccinated, announced that it will apply a fourth dose of the anti-Covid immunizing agent starting in February, starting with the most vulnerable groups.
And the number of available vaccines increased on Thursday with the World Health Organization’s approval of the first drug produced in Latin America, a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured jointly by Argentina’s mAbxience and Mexico’s Laboratórios Liomont.
Studies in South Africa, Scotland and England show that Ômicron has a lower risk of hospitalization than the Delta variant.
According to the British health agency, people infected with the new strain are 50% to 70% less likely to be hospitalized.
Scientists, however, urge caution. Although Ômicron infection is less virulent, the strain, because of its faster spread, can affect more people, which would cause, in absolute terms, the number of hospitalized and dead to increase at a rate that would cause the collapse of the system. health.