After meeting with infectious diseases, Alberto Fernández will receive Axel Kicillof and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (Presidency)

In the preview of a new meeting in the Olivos farm with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Axel Kicillof to analyze how the quarantine continues in the AMBA, the president Alberto Fernández He issued a warning: « We have to stand firm because this is not working, » said the president in a radio interview, concerned about the number of infections registered in the last 10 days.

The Buenos Aires governor and the head of the Buenos Aires Government agree on the need to maintain coordination in the Metropolitan Area, although they differ in how the quarantine should continue from next Monday, arguments that were raised face to face at yesterday’s meeting, Wednesday .

The current stage of social isolation ends next Sunday, so the three governments must define whether the reopening of items and activities continues, if the current phase is extended for another 15 days or if new restrictive measures are taken in response to the increase in cases of coronavirus. The announcement, which will again be led by Fernández, Kicillof and Larreta, will be made tomorrow.

Before the conclave this afternoon, the head of state will discuss the country’s epidemiological situation – with the focus on the AMBA – with the group of infectious diseases.

Yesterday morning, the Governor received the PRO leader in La Plata. Although they described the meeting as « productive », the differences between the two administrations persist. The deputy chief of the City also participated in the meeting that lasted two hours, Diego Santilli, and his Minister of Health, Fernán Quirós, the head of the Buenos Aires Cabinet, Carlos Bianco, and the ministers of Health, Daniel Gollán, and Security, Sergio Berni.

With a daily average of more than 4,000 infected, Kicillof raised concerns about the collapse of the health system. Although the occupation of intensive care beds in the province is around 62%, from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health they warned that within 15 days it could become overwhelmed. The specialists who advise the provincial president maintain that no more reopens should be allowed and even recommended restricting circulation, although they also understand the difficulty of implementing a strict hardening after more than 130 days of quarantine.

Before making a joint decision, both administrations agreed to monitor the cases on Wednesday and Thursday. In the last 24 hours, there were 5,641 new infected, of which 3,852 are from Buenos Aires and 1,079 from the Federal Capital.

Axel Kicillof, Carlos Bianco, Sergio Berni, Daniel Gollán, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Diego Santilli and Fernán Quirós: the meeting between the provincial government and the porteño

With an average between 1,000 and 1,200 cases a day, Larreta was willing to continue with the relaxation of the quarantine according to the scheme of reopening of items and activities that he organized with his team. In addition to the health situation, it evaluates the room for maneuver based on social humor and the deepening of the economic crisis.

However, after Alberto Fernández’s warning, the Buenosairean president began to analyze the possibility of only enabling the activity of the businesses in circulation avenues, scheduled for Monday, and then stop other new openings.

At the end of yesterday’s meeting, in dialogue with ., Kicillof said that « It is very difficult to think that something different can be done in the Conurbano than what is done in the City with these levels of contagion », He even described the possibility of different strategies being adopted as « a little disturbing » because the situations are practically identical and connected « and the AMBA » is a unique health area, beyond political or jurisdictional divisions. « 

From the Buenosairean government they informed that Larreta will analyze « if it advances in the scheme » of reopening of activities contemplated for the second stage of opening that should begin next Tuesday with interventions in the public space and with the authorization to practice amateur individual sports, or « If it will stretch for a while », also out of solidarity with the Province.

Kicillof and Larreta, different positions on how to continue quarantining at the AMBA

The city’s flexibility scheme continued yesterday with the opening of hairdressers and beauty centers, and would advance with the return to activity of businesses located on high-traffic avenues starting next week, despite the fact that the percentage of occupation of intensive care beds, although it is 63.5%, represents 10% more than a month ago when it returned to phase 1.

However, Kicillof insisted that « although we have reserves, contingency plans and capacity that is not full, the cases have been growing and that is where we must bet on compliance with protocols and personal safety and health measures » because « the only way to avoid the growth of contagions is by avoiding contacts. »

In Health, they warn that the occupation of intensive care beds does not grow along with infections because a significant percentage of the last infected are young people who manage to recover without actually being admitted to the most complex sector. In any case, they consider that sanitary collapse is a concrete possibility in the short term and that the measures to avoid it must be resolved now so that the results can be seen in 15 days.

The announcement about the continuity of the quarantine will be on Friday (Presidency)

The province’s health specialists forecast 91% bed occupancy for August if the current rate of infection continues. So they argue that if the quarantine is tightened again like the one that prevailed between July 1 and 17, the occupation will be 79%.

It was also analyzed that « in private clinics in the City, where not only Buenos Aires patients but also those from the Conurban area are cared for, the occupation is close to 75% », and that « There are 15% of people from CABA affiliated with PAMI who must go to the province because there is no availability in the City »Kicillof added, recalling that this is also what « solidarity » is all about.

The governor emphasized that « the growth of cases that is registered will be reflected in the occupation of beds, serious situations and the number of deaths » and pointed out that for this reason « the current contagion rate must be reduced » and is « Very difficult to think about greater mobility ».

Against this background, the President will meet this afternoon with the group of infectious diseases advisers. Kicillof will hold a virtual meeting with mayors to analyze the epidemiological situation of each municipality. Without a defined schedule, in the afternoon both will meet Rodríguez Larreta in Olivos to finalize details in the face of tomorrow’s announcement.

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