The rapid roll-out is a consequence of the efficiency of the Uruguayan health system combined with a small population, a gently rolling landscape making transportation simple, and a public accustomed to getting vaccinated to start school or use a sports facility.
When the numbers rose so dramatically, we were expecting stricter measures to be announced 🚫 However the government is still relying on people to behave responsibly. The one major measure announced was the school attendance (school children had just begun the academic year on site) was no longer compulsory. Bar and restaurants are still open but must close by midnight. We’re all still wearing masks in public places and social distance 😷
Only 2% of infections are traced from international travel. I guess the consequence of the borders have remained closed since March 13 2020. Next month, it will be a year since my Medium article In a pandemic, there is no place I’d rather be than Uruguay went viral. You may recall I wrote a series of articles for El País, Uruguay’s oldest national daily 🗞 covering the stories of travellers who had found themselves stuck in Uruguay when the borders closed. Last week I went back and talked to Kris and Ryan from California, also Chris from New York, Kate from Russia and Heidi from San Francisco to find out whether they are still in Uruguay and what they are up to. Take a peek. I think you’ll love it--did you know that there is now a bakery in Las Vegas named after a cow from Colonia de Sacramento? 🐄
I hope you’re doing well and in wherever you are things are under control ♥️