VIDEO.  Two out of three people tested are positive

While the third wave of Covid infections advances towards a peak that health authorities estimate could reach in fifteen days, the positivity rate in the tests reached 63.2% yesterday, which is equivalent to saying that almost two out of three people who swabs end up being positive in the country.

In this context, another 51 people died and 88,352 were reported yesterday with coronavirus in Argentina, which adds 117,543 deaths and 6,399,196 infected since the beginning of the pandemic, as reported in its latest report by the Ministry of Health.

Although the rate of positivity is among the highest registered to date in the country, the rate of hospitalizations remains relatively low in relation to previous waves.

In this sense, the health authorities specified yesterday that there are 1,967 people hospitalized with coronavirus in intensive care units, which adds a percentage of occupation of adult beds in the public and private sector, for all pathologies, of 40% in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires and 39.1% nationwide.

Because of how the contagion curve of the Omicron variant has occurred in other countries, the Ministry of Health believes that cases could continue to rise for two more weeks and then begin to decline.

In Argentina, perhaps “we will have an increase in cases this week and next week and then it will begin to decline,” said the Secretary of Access to Health, Sandra Tirado, who nevertheless warned that “we must be cautious” with the forecasts of this type.

“Seeing what happened in other countries, there are usually about four weeks in which the peak is reached and begins to decline; Perhaps we will have this week and the one that comes with an increase in cases and then it will begin to decline, ”said Tirado.

However, the official clarified that “we must be cautious because if this pandemic taught us something, it is that we cannot make simple calculations. But seeing what happened in other places, one could infer that it will be like this ”.

In supporting the hypothesis, the official cited the Cordovan case: “Córdoba was the first place where the variant began to circulate in a community way and it became predominant and in fact it is beginning to decrease; We saw the same in South Africa and the United Kingdom ”, he mentioned.

Regarding the rate of hospitalizations, Tirado commented that both due to mild and moderate symptoms and in the Intensive Care Units, “although there was a small increase, taking into account the large number of infections there was not a significant increase, nor in mortality ”.

Asked if there will be modifications in the recommendations for the isolation of close contacts – as happens, for example, in Uruguay, where a vaccinated asymptomatic close contact does not have to do isolation while waiting for the test result -, Tirado said that “it is being seen” what happens in these cases given that it would seem that the contagion capacity “is very low”.

“We are constantly reviewing these things: the measures are dynamic because the virus is behaving differently and we have more than 70% of the population vaccinated with two doses. This causes decision-making to be different from previous waves, ”said the Secretary of Access to Health.

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