Unstoppable COVID: Argentina exceeded 8 million infections and reported 260 deaths

The Ministry of Health of the Nation reported this tuesday january 25 that, In the last 24 hours, 260 deaths and 100,863 new coronavirus infections were recorded. With these data, the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic isovercame the barrier of eight million and reaches 8,041,520. The deaths, meanwhile, total 119,703.

On August 6, 2021, Argentina reached 5 million infected. Then, he entered a plateau that lasted five months and just on January 6, 2022, it reached 6 million cases. But due to the high level of contagiousness of the Omicron strain, In 19 days, the country accumulated more than 2 million infections. Until now, the peak was on Friday, January 14, when it was close to 140,000 positive cases.

From yesterday to today they were made 158,767 tests. As a result, the registered positivity rate is 63.52%. That is to say: 6 out of 10 who were tested tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite this epidemiological panorama, the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, was optimistic. “We still do not know when the contagion curve produced by the Omicron variant will go down, but by March we will have more peace of mind”, he said this morning.

According to the head of the health portfolio, the country is enduring the third wave with many cases but, unlike the previous two, with a lower number of deaths. In this sense, he highlighted the National Immunization Plan promoted by the Government. “The vaccination coverage we have is very encouraging: 90% of those over 3 years of age started the scheme and 78% completed it,” he said in statements to futurock.

Carla Vizzotti: “We still don’t know when the contagion curve will go down, but in March there will be more tranquility”

On the 150th session of the Executive Council of the World Health Organization (WHO), in which she participated yesterday, the official considered that the great powers expressed the need for an “equitable distribution” of vaccines, although she recalled that they first stocked up with more vaccines than its own population.

During his presentation in Geneva, Vizzotti warned that until all countries have access to the vaccine, the page on the coronavirus pandemic will not be turned.. “The great powers monopolized the production of 80% of the vaccines. Only when they had leftovers and were close to expiration did they begin to donate,” he criticized.

Regarding the distribution of vaccines in Argentina, he stated that they are regulating the arrival of new doses to play with the stock and the expiration date in order to have the vaccines available with enough shelf life to distribute in the provinces.

78% of those over 3 years of age completed their vaccination schedule (EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni)
78% of those over 3 years of age completed their vaccination schedule (EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni)

According to data from Public Vaccination MonitorUntil this afternoon, 85,359,072 doses were applied: 39,386,162 people started their scheme and 34,579,325 completed it, while 3,001,455 people received additional doses and 8,392,130 received booster doses.

At the moment, the health portfolio seeks to establish a update for the confirmation of COVID-19 cases by clinical and epidemiological criteria.

After another meeting (the third this month) between the minister Carla Vizzotti and his provincial peers, it was resolved classify as a confirmed case any person who meets at least one of the epidemiological criteria and one of the established clinical criteria.

Thus, any person who has had close contact with a confirmed case in the last 10 days; or who has participated in an event or social/work space in which there have been at least 3 confirmed cases (outbreak); or who resides in an area with a very high incidence (more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) and who has two or more symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, vomiting/diarrhea/pain headache/muscle pain) or sudden loss of taste/smell, it will be considered a confirmed case of this disease.


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