Last Updated: 07/27/2021
Nicaragua is reporting 32 new cases of COVID-19 per day as of July 19. Since the pandemic began, there have officially been 7,044 infections reported and 193 related deaths. Cases may be much higher than reported, especially because any news not reported by the government was made illegal last year. Many in the country’s medical community also cast doubt on the numbers, with some saying deaths may be more than five times higher than reported. Nicaragua has fully vaccinated 3.2% of its population beginning with citizens over the age of 60. The World Bank states that Nicaragua remains one of the least developed countries in Central America. The pandemic has only worsened this status, with 90,000 more people being pushed below the poverty line in 2020 as compared to 2019.
Many Nicaraguan child development centers have resumed normal program activities. Around 30% are able to meet in small groups. Staff members from a few centers are limited to home visits and virtual programing for children and families. Since the pandemic began, staff members have distributed over 254,000 food packs and almost 116,000 hygiene kits and provided over 14,000 individuals with medical support.