COVID-19 pandemic in Uruguay
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Departments of Uruguay with confirmed COVID-19 cases (as of 17 January 2021)
  Confirmed 1~4
  Confirmed 5~9
  Confirmed 10~49
  Confirmed 50~99
  Confirmed 100~499
  Confirmed 500~999
  Confirmed 1000~4999
  Confirmed 10000~49999
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseMontevideo
Arrival date13 March 2020
(10 months, 1 week and 6 days)
Confirmed cases38,041
Active cases7,508
Severe cases99
Fatality rate1.03%
Government website
Sistema Nacional de Emergencias

The COVID-19 pandemic in Uruguay is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first cases in Uruguay were reported on 13 March 2020 by the Ministry of Public Health.[1] The early cases were imported from Italy and Spain, with some local transmissions.[2]

The majority of early cases were traced to a wedding with 500 people in Montevideo, attended by a Uruguayan fashion designer who returned from Spain and later tested positive.[3][4] Various containment measures were introduced in mid-March, and major restrictions on movement followed in late March. Uruguay is one of the few countries in Latin American to have been able to avoid large outbreaks for a considerable amount of time due to extensive testing. The country had one of the lowest numbers of active cases per population in South America up until December when the public health authorities announced that large outbreaks had led to community transmission in Montevideo.[5]

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