The increase in the number of cases and deaths by COVID-19 this week in Argentina has left authorities on the alert about the health system’s capacity to serve, mainly in Buenos Aires and its periphery, where 90% of reported cases are.
Argentina has recorded about 100 daily deaths since Monday, almost double the average of the previous week.
Positive cases also grew by a daily average of 3,800 in the past week to reach a record high of 6,127 on Thursday.
“The trend does not make us think that this will improve,” admitted the deputy minister of health of the province of Buenos Aires, Nicolás Kreplak.
“These numbers that we are verifying are alarming, we cannot continue with this growth rate”, stressed Kreplak in a dialogue with Futurock radio.
The latest epidemiological report from the Ministry of Health detailed that the occupancy of beds in intensive care reaches 55.4% in the entire territory, and 64% in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires.
However, in the private system, occupancy “reaches 90% of its service capacity in the apartment and 80% in intensive care units”, reported Claudio Belocopitt, president of the Argentine Union of Private Health Entities.
“The trend of recent weeks has an orange alert. If this continues, there is no doubt that the system will suffer,” warned Belocopitt last Wednesday, in a virtual conference with the foreign press.
According to Belocopitt, the private health system serves 70% of the population, about 30 million people.
So far, Argentina, a country of 44 million inhabitants, has registered 148,014 COVID-19 cases, with 2,702 dead and 62,815 recovered.
The increase in cases occurs after two weeks of reinforcement of the confinement in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, which started to relax the isolation measures last Monday, with a gradual opening of activities until August 2.
General confinement was imposed in the country on March 20 and since then, protective measures have been decreasing in almost the entire territory, especially in the provinces with few cases.