The Ministry of Health of the Nation informed this Sunday January 16 that in the last 24 hours there were 51 deaths (nearly double last Sunday, when 27 deaths were reported) and 65,241 coronavirus infections. Last Friday, the country set a new record since the pandemic began, with 139,853 cases.
Thus, the total number of infected since the start of the pandemic amounts to 7,094,865 and there are 118,040 victims..
From yesterday to today, 106,993 tests were carried out. As a result, the recorded positivity rate is 60.97%, six times more than what the WHO advises.
On the other hand, of the total deaths reported today, 21 are men and 30 women. The provinces that reported the most deaths were Córdoba with 16 and Entre Ríos with 6 deaths, respectively..
According to the epidemiological part, At the moment, in Argentina there are 2,036 people with coronavirus hospitalized in intensive care. The percentage of bed occupancy at the national level is 42.4% and in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) it is 42.1%.
Of the 65,241 cases of COVID-19 reported today, 34,307 cases (52.58%) are concentrated in PBA (22,117) and CABA (12,190).
For the rest of the country, the numbers were as follows: Catamarca 781, infections, Chaco 950, Chubut 495, Corrientes 280, Córdoba 7.647, Entre Ríos 762, Formosa 1,261, Jujuy 1,200, La Pampa 417, La Rioja 209, Mendoza 1,583, Misiones 445, Neuquén 605, Río Negro 435, Salta 1,332, Saint John 3,066, San Luis 1,948, Santa Cruz 459, Santa Fe 3.955, Santiago del Estero 823, Tierra del Fuego 190 and Tucuman 2,091.
The data: Córdoba and Santa Fe, which until last week reported infection figures of up to five digits, dropped to four.
In the midst of the third wave of coronavirus, and a month and a half after the start of school, the Minister of Health of the City of Buenos Aires, Fernan Quiros, spoke about the impact of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the hospitalization system and pointed out that for every 10 people who were hospitalized in the second wave, today two are hospitalized.
“In intensive care in the City of Buenos Aires we have 100 beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 in the public sector, and at the peak of April and May 2021 we had reached 450, with a quarter of the cases we have today. That shows what is happening, a lot of cases, the vast majority are light”, he said yesterday in miter radio in a clear reference to the power of vaccines.
According to the latest update of Public Vaccination Monitor, the total number of inoculations applied amounts to 82,268,643, of which 38,988,156 correspond to the first dose, 33,984,348 to the second, 2,933,339 additional and 6,362,800 boosters, while the vaccines distributed to the jurisdictions reach 100,170,778.
Asked about the start of face-to-face classes, the head of the Buenos Aires health portfolio assured that it will not be suspended and specified when they are evaluating implementing the health pass in schools.
“We already see that, by strictly complying with the protocols, this is a disease that spreads very little,” said Quirós, giving as an example what happened in schools and hospitals during the last year of the pandemic.
“The vast majority of infections occur when we break protocol care in our daily, work, social life,” warned Quirós, who ruled out a closure of schools due to the escalation of infections. “We are going to continue taking care of the essential places of society and education for us is one of them”, he added.
Towards the end of the note, Quirós also cleared doubts about when children and adolescents will be required to complete the vaccination schedule.
“Vaccines have not been definitively approved yet. To do so, phase 4 is required, ending with the analysis of long-term adverse effects. When the vaccines are definitively approved is a reasonable debate, today we have to wait”, he sentenced.
On the other hand, the head of the Buenos Aires health portfolio was very satisfied with the progress of the vaccination plan in the City and the low rejection of anti-vaccines.
However, the national government is concerned that 57% of children aged 3 to 11 still do not have the two doses of coronavirus vaccines. Therefore, they seek to accelerate the inoculation of the pediatric population. Along these lines, the implementation of the health pass would be a tool for the youngest to complete their vaccination schedule before starting the school year.