The Ministry of Health of the Nation reported this Wednesday, December 29 that, in the last 24 hours, 26 deaths were recorded and 42.032 new infections by coronavirus, record since the start of the pandemic in the country. Until today, ehe maximum peak of infections had been registered on May 27, with 41,080. With this Wednesday’s data, the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic amounts to 5,556,239 and deaths are 117,111.
Meanwhile, the positivity rate continues to rise and was 30.98%. Since the start of the outbreak, 27,790,142 diagnostic tests for this disease have been carried out. To date, 155,218 active cases have been registered throughout the country and 5,283,910 recovered.
According to the epidemiological part, at the moment in Argentina there are 977 people with coronavirus admitted to intensive care. The percentage of bed occupancy at the national level is 34.9% and in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) it is 36.3%.
Of the total deaths reported today, 16 are men and 10 women (in Corrientes there was 1 with no data). The province that reported the most deaths was Buenos Aires with 6.
Meanwhile, this morning the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, confirmed that they recommended that the provinces reduce the days of isolation of people who have the complete vaccination scheme. The details of the new measures will be implemented according to the criteria of each of the jurisdictions, which can be found in different epidemiological stages of the pandemic.
As specified, the recommendation – debated this morning at a meeting of the Federal Health Council-, is “Change isolates in relation to narrow cases and confirmed cases. Dividing between the people who have the complete vaccination scheme or have it incomplete or are not vaccinated ”, he explained.
The scheme is as follows:
Asymptomatic close contacts with two doses of the vaccine: They should be isolated for five days and care should be maximized for five days after leaving the confinement. A complete vaccination is understood to have received the second dose or the booster less than 5 months before.
Asymptomatic close contacts with a dose of the vaccine or no vaccine: they must remain isolated for 10 days. Or 7 days of isolation and then perform a PCR analysis.
Positive cases with two vaccines: They should be isolated for 7 days and care should be maximized for three days after leaving the confinement.
Positive cases with a dose of the vaccine or no vaccine: 10 days of isolation.
Vizzotti gave a press conference at Casa Rosada this afternoon, one year after the start of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, which he called the “most important in the history” of the country.
In this context, he highlighted that while “other regions of the world are mostly experiencing a fourth wave” of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Argentina and South America “are beginning their third wave”. This is due, he said, to the fact that the entry of the Delta variant was delayed and vaccination was done very well, so “we have avoided one wave” and we are “now entering the third.”
Also, and in line with what I had anticipated yesterday Infobae, the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, confirmed that The National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (Anmat) is in the final stage of analyzing the documentation to authorize the registration.
“We are working on the issue of the self-test and there is consensus of use among the health ministers of the jurisdictions”said the head of the health portfolio, who stressed that the role of these COVID-19 self-diagnosis tests “ranges from the individual, in self-care and control of close contacts and is also useful for the private sector in prevention of outbreaks and other strategies so that economic activities are sustained as much as possible ”.