Bolivian Healthcare Workers Strike Over COVID Conditions

The healthcare workers in a coronavirus-hit region of Bolivia have called for a 48-hour strike starting on Feb. 9 as they demand the local government authorities to impose tougher measurements to combat the spiking rise in infections across the region.

The Johns Hopkins University’s data revealed that the South American country has already recorded more than 229,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 10,800 deaths.

Among Bolivia’s cases and death toll, about 80,000 of the infections and more than 5,000 of the deaths came from Santa Cruz, the most populous and prosperous region of the nation.

Despite the spiking number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Bolivia, the country’s government still allowed the economic activity, businesses and public transport to remain almost fully open in the region.

Several doctors and other medical workers have been urging the local government to implement stricter measures, such as issuing stay-at-home orders or halting public transportation, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement.

“Every hour there are between 30 to 40 cases. Every hour a patient dies. The situation in Santa Cruz is worrisome,” Edil Toledo, the acting president of the Santa Cruz Medical College, said in a press release.

As hospitals become increasingly overwhelmed with patients, the healthcare workers agreed to hold a two-day work stoppage to prompt the local officials into putting more measures in place to get the pandemic under control.


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