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TODAY newspaper | Argentina registers 3,709 new cases of COVID-19 and another 77 deaths

The number of known infections today marks a decrease compared to those reported this Saturday, when 5,944 positives were reported.

According to the daily report released by the Argentine Ministry of Health, the province of Buenos Aires remains the district with the most confirmed cases so far (861,872, of which 1,503 were notified this Sunday), followed by the city of Buenos Aires , with 226,725 confirmed infections, 351 of them reported today.

In third place is the province of Santa Fe (center), with a total of 214,058 positives, 206 notified this Sunday.

On the other hand, according to official sources, there are 1,886,501 patients who have already been discharged, while 3,605 people with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 remain admitted to intensive care units.

The percentage of occupation of intensive care beds for all types of pathologies is 54.3% nationwide, but 59.6% if only Buenos Aires and its populous periphery are considered.

So far, in Argentina 7.1 million tests have been carried out to detect the virus, with a rate of 158,493 tests per million inhabitants.

Positive cases in Argentina had reached a daily record of 18,326 on October 21.

The Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, decreed on January 29 the continuity, in principle until next day 28, of the health measures adopted since March 20, 2020 to face the pandemic, although since November the health qualification of the Most areas of the country are areas with mandatory social distancing.

VACCINATION

Argentina, with a population of 45 million inhabitants, began its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 at the end of last December, with the inoculation of health personnel, and days ago the vaccination of adults over 70 years of age began.

The Argentine health authorities foresee that vaccination will reach between 23 and 24 million people this year.

Argentina has already received 1.22 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine (400,000 arrived on the 12th) and last Wednesday 580,000 doses of the vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India arrived in the country, thanks to the transfer of technology from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

Both vaccines require the application of two doses per person.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of last Wednesday 391,975 people had been vaccinated with the first dose and 241,662 with the second of the Sputnik V vaccine.

The vaccination campaign continues its march amid the scandal that broke out last Friday over the alleged privileged access to vaccines by those close to power and that cost Ginés González García his position as the country’s Minister of Health.