The record of infections in several provinces forced to suspend classes and announce more restrictions

Given the increase in cases of coronavirus, which today reached 39,652 throughout the country, and the record of infections reported in several provinces, the governors applied new restrictions on the movement of people and suspended classes in at least twelve districts until the end of May.

In this context, face-to-face classes were today suspended in different locations in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Catamarca, Río Negro, Corrientes, Formosa, La Pampa, Santiago del Estero, San Luis and Santa Cruz, in addition to the secondary level in Mendoza, according to the provisions of the governments between the end of April and this Wednesday.

Hours before the meeting that President Alberto Fernández will hold with a dozen governors to analyze the epidemiological situation in the country, several leaders had to go ahead and renew the extension of restrictive measures to try to stop the chain of infections.

The governors of the Norte Grande, a group made up of nine provinces, also held a virtual meeting last night in which they analyzed the epidemiological situation in the region and, according to the Chaco president Jorge Capitanich, served to “evaluate the health indicators and the necessary measures to reduce the number of infections “.

In Santa Fe, the government decided to suspend face-to-face classes at all levels of the Capital, Rosario and San Lorenzo departments, and in the towns of Rafaela, Villa Minetti and María Teresa, in addition to prohibiting the circulation of all people who do not have to go to work or complete essential tasks until May 30.

This was recalled today by the Minister of Labor of Santa Fe, Juan Manuel Pusineri, who clarified that “all authorized work activity has a permit” and that the use of private vehicles will be “only justifiable by work” with the corresponding “Nation or provincial permit. “. “As soon as we leave the alarm situation, we will return to the presence” in the schools, he added.

In Corrientes, where yesterday there was a record of infections with 734 cases and 5 deaths, Governor Gustavo Valdés announced today the suspension of face-to-face classes until May 31 and new measures to restrict circulation within the framework of phase 3, to which the province entered due to a peak in coronavirus cases.

Valdes said that to reduce circulation in the district, he also decreed a public administration holiday and a prohibition of circulation from 0 to 7, with the exception of essential health, security, officials and cases considered as medical emergencies. .

Social and family gatherings are also prohibited and public spaces will be evicted at 9:00 p.m. and shops will have mandatory closure, although the subsequent operation of pharmacies and food stores is allowed.

The governor also provided that in the income to Corrientes, by all means of communication, proof of vaccination against the coronavirus or a certificate of swabbing with a negative result will be requested.

In the province of Buenos Aires, the provincial Ministry of Health reported that with the confirmation of 14,593 new infections, the number of coronavirus cases today amounted to 1,462,970 positives.

Given this, the director of Hospitals in the province, Juan Riera, warned that health centers in the area of ​​”AMBA continue with a high occupancy of beds, with an average of 79 percent in intensive care” for which he warned that “If we do not manage to lower the cases, the collapse scenario is possible.”

In Córdoba, where the authorities are analyzing announcing new restrictions between today or tomorrow, the occupation of critical beds for adults with coronavirus continued to rise with 44.9% of the total of 3,753 places available.

According to the local government, the occupancy level of critical beds for adults is 44.9% (1,484 people hospitalized), of which 14.5% (216) are on mechanical ventilation. A week ago the occupancy of critical beds was 36.5%.

In Tucumán, meanwhile, the Executive Medical Secretary of the Provincial Health System (Siprosa), Luis Medina Ruiz, said that the occupation of critical beds was 80% today in the provincial health system.

The official told the La Gaceta portal that “this has led us to review the functionality of the Intermediate Therapy areas” of the hospitals to transform the beds “for Intensive Care (ICU)” and warned that “what is limited is the human resource” .

“You see patients in a very critical condition, who cannot be supported in the modular and go directly to a respirator,” added the doctor, referring to the ways in which severe cases are presented in this second wave.

The official insisted on the need to lower the circulation of people on public roads to reduce infections because, he said, “there is a risk of not having an intensive care bed available.”

In La Pampa, the prohibition of meetings and encounters in public spaces, including squares, began to apply today with the application of fines to those who fail to comply with the measure.

Face-to-face classes in Pampean schools were also suspended since the previous week, as well as activity in gyms while pedestrian and vehicular circulation is prohibited from 9 p.m., according to a new decree by Governor Sergio Zilliotto that seeks to stop the rise in infections that yesterday reached a record of 851 cases, with an upward curve for a week.

The governor of Formosa, Gildo Insfrán, reported today that in last night’s meeting with his colleagues from the so-called Norte Grande they analyzed “the worrying epidemiological situation” in their provinces and “the possible measures to take in the face of the accelerated increase in infections and deaths from coronavirus “.

The governors of Catamarca, Chaco, Corrientes, Jujuy, La Rioja, Misiones, Salta, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán analyzed there “the articulation of the health strategy with the National Government”, as well as “the necessary resources to implement it.”

In Patagonia, Neuquén also reached a record number of coronavirus cases and intensive care occupation given that, according to Adelaida Goldman, associate director of the Castro Rendón provincial hospital, “all beds are occupied, in all areas, and there is also a high occupancy rate of patients waiting for beds in the emergency service of the hospital, some with respirators “.

The director of the Pasteur clinic, Juan Peláez, said that “the occupation in intensive care has been total for several months, but now there has been an increase in demand in the guard and due to the total occupation patients are being intubated in the guard, with the same requirements and attention as in intensive care “.

Days ago, Governor Omar Gutiérrez announced new restriction measures until Friday, May 21, given the “worrying” epidemiological situation that the province is going through, including the suspension of face-to-face classes.

In Santiago del Estero, the Undersecretary of Health, César Monti, indicated that the province is going through “a fairly high and sustained peak” after registering 787 positive cases and five deaths.

“Since last night 20 more beds have been added and in the course of the next few hours another 20 more will be enabled that will have oxygen”, in the technological node that treats Covid patients, he added.

The provincial government established days ago the time restriction to circulate until 22 in the entire province and the suspension of face-to-face classes in the cities of Capital, Las Termas and La Banda.

In Río Negro, the Secretary of Public Health Policies, Mercedes Iberó, warned today that the epidemiological situation was “worrying”, after 850 cases were registered in one day, the highest percentage since the start of the pandemic.

“Our cases are increasing, we are at a peak that will perhaps continue for a few more days, the epidemiological situation in the province is worrying,” Iberó remarked at a press conference and pointed out that “the percentage of occupied intensive care beds is 92.85% in the province, with only 15 free “.

The official warned that “cases are doubling much faster than before, in hospitals there are a greater number of cases compared to the wave of last year” and pointed out that “very young people are dying or entering in serious condition.”

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