The Ministry of Health of the Nation reported that in the last 24 hours the different jurisdictions of the country reported a total of 139,853 new covid-19 infections and another 96 deaths. In this way, a record was set again in terms of the number of positive cases reported in a single day by the national health portfolio. In any case, the battle against the coronavirus also has its record: last week 2,600,000 people were vaccinated, revealed the minister Carla Vizzotti.
With the new report, the total number of people infected since March 3, 2020 rose to 6,932,972 and the total number of deaths to 117,901. Right now, 936,382 patients are experiencing the disease, while the number of recovered amounts to 5,878,689.
In the last 24 hours, 200,265 tests were carried out, with a positivity level of 69.83 percent.
Regarding the number of patients with coronavirus hospitalized in intensive care units throughout the country, it was reported that son 2268. The percentage of service bed occupancy for all pathologies in public and private health establishments is 41.7% at the national level and 41.4% in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA).
Meanwhile, during her tour of immunization centers, testing centers and hospitals in the city of Mar del Plata, the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, said that last week “We had a vaccination record with 2,600,000 doses applied”. “We are working to speed up all the vaccines; luckily we are in very high demand, starting and completing schemes and accelerating reinforcements,” he said.
Vizzotti also expressed that “In the last eight weeks, almost 900,000 people over 18 years of age began their vaccination schedule. Regarding adolescents, he maintained that “85% have one dose and 75% two doses” and in the case of those under 12 years of age “77% have one dose and 45% have two doses.”
“We are making an enormous effort from the country, from the citizenry to advance with care and with vaccination; we have more than 85% of the population vaccinated with the first dose and almost 75% with the second, with a very important advance”, he insisted.
The head of the health portfolio referred to the importance of maintaining care and in this sense clarified that “in the face of the emergence of the new Omicron variant, we have to review the recommendations again so that we reformulate care again.” “Since August we have changed the alert indicator to go from the number of cases to the number of hospitalizations and deaths, always seeing how the vaccination progresses,” he said.
And he stressed that thanks to vaccination “such a large increase in the number of cases that there is, not only in Argentina but in the rest of the world, is not accompanied by this same proportion of hospitalizations and deaths“.
The situation of the growth of infections in the country follows the regional trend: Latin America and the Caribbean registered more than 300,000 daily cases of covid 19 between January 7 and 13, a record since the start of the pandemic two years ago. in this wave, Argentina accumulates almost half of the new cases.
In Latin America, the average number of new infections was 304,000 per day this week, which doubles the record reached in the previous wave, of 155,000 cases per day between May 28 and June 3, 2021. The increase was 126 % with respect to the previous seven days.
Deaths from covid-19 are also on the rise in the region, although at a much lower rate than infections. Between January 7 and 13, an average of 621 daily deaths were reported, which represents an increase of 44% compared to the previous week. The record for deaths in the region occurred in the week of April 6 to 12, 2021, with 5,548 deaths per day.
“We have always said it too, if the cases increase even slightly, the absolute numbers of hospitalizations and deaths will increase, which is what was seen yesterday: an increase in the number of deaths,” Vizzotti said.