This Friday, Argentina again exceeded its record for daily coronavirus infections. In the last seven days, almost 800,000 new cases, with a strong presence of the Omicron variant. The government, however, foresees a flattening of the curve for the coming weeks, will continue betting on vaccination and decided not take action, for which there is no economic or social margin.
The Ministry of Health reported this Friday 139,853 new positives and 96 deaths. According to the daily report, the active cases add up to 936,382 and the total number of deaths is 117,901. The daily average of infections stands at 113,877, while the accumulated number of the last week It is 797.139.
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Although the average number of daily deaths went from 41 to 68 in a week, the number of patients who remain hospitalized with Covid-19 in intensive care units intensive care (UTI) remains “relatively” low, in 2268. The percentage of total bed occupancy in the adult ICU is 41.7% nationally.
“Our indicator now is the level of admissions and hospitalizations and, As long as the system does not continue to be stressed, we are not going to take any action”, they point out in the Ministry of Health commanded by Carla Vizzotti.
“For the moment we continue betting on vaccination as the tool to sustain the level of hospitalizations and deaths, so that this level does not continue to increase, “they add.
As indicated in the health portfolio, there was a clear increase in vaccination, which they attribute to the entry into force of the health pass: last week they applied 2,600,000 doses, the largest record of applications of the last four months, and almost 200,000 over 18 years they started their scheme, the best number in two months.
The 85% of the population has already been vaccinated with first dose and almost 75% with the second. The Government launched national operations to reinforce vaccination in tourist areas, such as the Atlantic Coast.
In the Casa Rosada they consider that there is no economic margin to take any kind of restrictive measure. On the contrary, as in Health, they recognized that the trouble for activity It is no longer the quarantines, but simply the isolation of suspected cases.
That is why the Government made the decision, for example, remove isolation for vaccinated, symptom-free close contacts.
They do not see any sense in the Ministry or in the Presidency in advancing with restrictions on the borders. Reading is simple: the virus is already inside Argentina, and in quantity.
On the other hand, he was given freedom of action to the provinces to make the decisions they consider pertinent, such as the suspension of massive events.
The Government looks closely at Córdoba: a possible plateau of cases?
From the monitoring of the evolution of Ómicron in the rest of the world and, within Argentina, in the province of Cordoba, the Ministry of Health understands that the variant has a shorter incubation period than the previous ones and expects that, just as there was an explosive increase in cases, there will also be a pronounced drop.
The portfolio directed by Vizzotti took note that in Córdoba the exponential increase was stopped of cases that it had shown since the end of December with the outbreak of Ómicron in the province.
The Secretary of Access to Health, Sandra Tirado, announced in recent days that coronavirus infections in the country “could begin to decrease between next week and the next”, based on the peaks that were registered in other countries.
“In Córdoba the plateau is already noticeable. What was seen at the national level with the strong rise in cases had to do with a explosive spike in urban agglomerations such as AMBA or some province like Santa Fe, because Ómicron arrived later and they are in an earlier period”, they point out in Health.