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Uruguay to step up COVID-19 testing

Xinhua
25 Nov 2020, 09:05 GMT+10

MONTEVIDEO, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Uruguayan government will strengthen its testing capacity for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) given a rise in infections, the secretary of the presidency, Alvaro Delgado, said Tuesday.

"We want to increase it to have more guarantees, and reach the sources of transmission faster and be able to quickly isolate them," Delgado told local TV channel Teledoce.

The South American country, home to 3.4 million inhabitants, has carried out 401,497 tests for COVID-19 to date.

Delgado acknowledged his "concern" due to the sustained increase in cases, despite the fact that the country has "relative control" of the pandemic.

Uruguay has registered 4,763 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 13, and 71 deaths from the disease, according to the latest report from the National Emergency System.

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