Coronavirus El Salvador. “August 31st, 2021 Update”

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Sep 1st, 2021
Coronavirus in El Salvador
Coronavirus in El Salvador

In August 2021, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases increased to nearly 300 per day. Many attribute the increase to the popular August vacations.

Cases Active Recovered Deaths
August 2021 96,067 11,802 81,339 2,926

The good news for El Salvador is that the vaccination process continues to move at an even faster pace.

Vaccination goal
Total doses 6,298,361
Vaccinated people 3,539,933 54.46% 78.67%
1 doses 781,505 12.02% 17.37%
2 doses 2,758,428 42.44% 61.30%

As of the end of August, almost 56% of the Salvadoran population has received at least one vaccine. 43.25% of the population has received two COVID-19 vaccine shots.

El Salvador National Hospitals
Hospital El Salvador.

Coronavirus El Salvador. “July 31st, 2021 Update”

August 1st, 2021

In July 2021, El Salvador saw an increase in confirmed Coronavirus cases; this is not good news for the country, considering that the popular August vacations have arrived. Also, in July, the first case of the COVID-19 Delta variant was confirmed.

The good news in July is that the vaccination process is proceeding smoothly; also, the country has enough vaccines to reach its goal of 4,500,000 people fully vaccinated.

Coronavirus in El Salvador Cases

Cases Active Recovered Deaths
86,620 7,714 76,265 2,641

In July 2021, El Salvador is experiencing a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases. The daily average of confirmed cases of the virus in July was in the mid to upper 200’s. This is a regretful increase considering that in June, the average was in the low to middle 100’s.

COVID-19 cases
COVID-19 cases

Even though the confirmed cases are increasing, it is not as bad as the other countries in the region. For instance, on July 29, El Salvador reported 285 cases, Guatemala 3,394, Honduras 1,592, Costa Rica 1,608, and Panama 915.

Country Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Guatemala 368,484 36,313 321,832 10,339
Honduras 297,111 188580 100,697 7,834
El Salvador 86,620 7,714 76,265 2,641
Costa Rica 406,814 72,145 329,639 5,030
Panama 435,655 12,569 416,263 6,823
 *Nicaragua is not listed because they don’t report cases daily. Source:

July 30 set a record high of 16 Salvadorans who lost their lives due to the virus; this is the highest figure since the beginning of the pandemic. This record high of deaths could be a result of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

COVID-19 Delta Variant is in the Country

On July 31, Francisco Alabi, the Salvadoran health minister, announced that the first case of the Delta variant of COVID-19 had been confirmed.

President Nayib Bukele informed that the first case of the Delta variant was local; therefore, it was likely that the Delta variant had been in the territory for days.

The first confirmed case does not come from abroad. So it is evident that the Delta variant must have several days of community circulation in our country. It could already be hundreds of cases,” stated President Bukele.

Health Minister Alabi said that the best we can do to face the Delta variant is to follow and maintain the safety protocols and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Process

The COVID-19 vaccination process in El Salvador is one of the best in Central America. Anyone over the age of 12 can get vaccinated; El Salvador has enough COVID-19 vaccines to reach its goal of 4,500,000 fully vaccinated people.

As of July 31, El Salvador has applied 4,309,189 doses. 2,821,728 or 43% of Salvadorans have received a combination of one or two COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccination goal
Total doses 4,309,189
Vaccinated people 2,821,728 43.41% 62.71%
1 doses 1,334,267 20.53% 29.65%
2 doses 1,487,461 22.88% 33.05%

The Country Has Enough Vaccines to Reach Herd Immunity

With the arrival of the 24th batch, El Salvador has enough vaccines to fully immunize 4.5 million Salvadorans; this was the goal set by the Salvadoran health administration.

Health minister Francisco Alabi confirmed that the 24th batch arrived in El Salvador today, June 26. This batch contains 1 million doses of COVID-19 Sinopharm vaccines from the People’s Republic of China.

A million vaccines have arrived in our country today from the pharmaceutical company Sinopharm. This is part of the direct purchases we made to win the battle against COVID-19. I appreciate the support of Ambassador Ou Jianhong,” tweeted health minister Alabi.

Although the COVID-19 cases in El Salvador have increased in July and the Delta variant is in the territory, El Salvador is in a great position to deal with this increase. Having 43% of its population with at least one vaccine dose will help.

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