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122 deaths and 5,944 new infections

The Ministry of Health, which now has the direction of Carla Vizzotti, confirmed 122 deaths from coronavirus and 5,944 new cases. Specialists assure that the impact of the tourist movement during the summer season was much lower than expected, since the average of new cases reported nationwide went from 11,530 daily in mid-January to 5,493 this week.

Meanwhile, with the official figures reported this afternoon, total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 51,122, while the infected reached 2,060,625, of which 1,861,433 have already been discharged and 148,070 are confirmed active cases.

The Ministry of Health indicated that 3,605 are interned in intensive care units, with a percentage of occupation of adult beds of 54.2% in the country and 59.3% in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area.

Data on coronavirus cases in the provinces

Buenos Aires 2,510 City of Buenos Aires 596 Catamarca, 52 Chaco, 176 Chubut, 56; Corrientes, 125 Córdoba, 591 Entre Ríos, 116 Formosa, 13 Jujuy, 68 La Pampa, 60 La Rioja, 16 Mendoza, 127 Misiones, 100 Neuquén, 162 Río Negro, 79 Salta, 146 San Juan, 26 San Luis, 264 Santa Cruz , 106 Santa Fe, 376 Santiago del Estero, 54 Tierra del Fuego, 33 Tucumán 92

In this context, the impact of tourism due to the summer season on coronavirus infections was much lower than expected, since the average of new cases reported at the national level went from 11,530 daily in mid-January to 5,493 this week, with a 53% decrease, what officials and specialists considered as a consequence of the fact that « people understood that they should continue taking care of themselves, even on vacation. »

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Coronavirus in Summer

« The situation was controlled. Beyond photos that were seen in a particular beach or spa, In general, the people who came as tourists and those of us who live here understood that we had to continue to respect the protocols if we wanted to go through the season fairly calm, « Viviana Bernabei, Secretary of Health of General Pueyrredón, told . today.

Bernabei pointed out that between On January 6 and 8, Mar del Plata exceeded 300 new cases per day for the first time since October 21, the day that marked the maximum number of notifications since the start of the pandemic.

« After that it stabilized in a number of infections which for us was still high -with 200 and 250 per day-, because if an outbreak occurred we would be complicated. But that outbreak did not occur, the situation was under control. There were only two days with an alert regarding hospitalizations in critical care, but at no time did we become complicated regarding hospitalizations, « the official explained.

He also argued that after the stabilization of cases, « the positivity rate began to drop », which in the first week of January had been 45 percent, and during the rest of the season it ranged between 31 and 35 percent. .

 

In the same way, Eduardo D’Agostino, Secretary of Health of Pinamar, indicated that « the current perception is that everything went well », although he clarified that there will be a more faithful X-ray of the impact of the pandemic on the end of February or the beginning of March.

D’Agostino pointed out that both the number of infections and positivity decreased in the match in recent weeks, in which active cases went from 432 at the beginning of the month to 278 after the Carnival holidays, « but the quality of the number depends on the impact or not on people at risk. »

The evolution of positives in Mar del Plata and Pinamar is a sample of what happened on the Atlantic Coast and also in almost the entire country, where nationally, cases began to decline at a rate of 14 percent weekly since a maximum average daily notifications was reached the week of January 14, with 11,530 patients with Covid.

At the international level, the beginning of the school cycle in the midst of a pandemic in some countries of America revived the debate on the modality of classes and led to teacher strikes against the opening of schools, while coronavirus cases remain high and governments are testing strategies to continue the vaccination campaign despite the scarcity of applications.

The discussion that revolves around the presence, virtuality or mixed format of the classes now adds a new point that is linked to the priorities established in the vaccination plans: teachers ask to be recognized as front-line workers, but, until now , the response of governments was not inclusive.

For example, in the United States, the country most affected by the pandemic with almost 28 million cases and half a million deaths, the Government of Joe Biden announced that it will not be a requirement to vaccinate teachers for educational institutions to reopen.

Last Wednesday, amid a national protest by the teachers union, America’s leading infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, felt that schools can be safely opened with the use of protective equipment and other mitigation measures, such as the integration of smaller student groups.

The argument was shared by Republicans, who advocate reopening schools, citing the success of Catholic and other private schools in resuming face-to-face teaching months ago, however, Covid response coordinator Jeff Zients said that « Teachers should be vaccinated, like other front-line workers. »