In parallel, the fatality rate also grew steadily. Of the 42 patients who died yesterday in Santa Fe, 20 corresponded to the city, which already has more than 1,600 victims since the beginning of the coronavirus in the region.
“The reality is that a rise in cases is expected in the coming weeks. Now, a flattening of the curve is being visualized and, instead of a descent, the cases have stagnated. This makes us attentive, perhaps not concerned, but I estimate that there will be a gradual increase by the end of February, the beginning of March ”, considered Mediavilla to reflect:“ Everything depends on us, nothing is inevitableIf we don’t take care of ourselves, it gets out of hand first. But no region escapes statistics. What happens now in Europe we will see here; the issue is when and what one wants most is to be wrong with the projections ”.
When explaining a preponderant factor in the rise or settling of cases, the official recalled that the summer season is prone to people having social contact, going on vacation and other related activities. “The most important thing continues to be public awareness and with special emphasis on the youngest, who are the ones who least comply with the government’s recommendations, who suffer the least the effects, unlike the older adults.
For her part, the Santa Fe Minister of Health, Sonia Martorano, demanded a lot of responsibility from Santa Fe who travel to tourism centers, noting that “If some behaviors are not modified, infections grow and the mutation of the virus is favored.”
On Monday night, Martorano participated in the daily case report and turned on the alerts in the province with the return to phase 1 of the town of Tostado.
“This can always be replicated”, he said not to rule out that some other city, Rosario included, could go backward. And, immediately, he asked people who travel to spend their vacations in the main tourist centers of the country, such as the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires, for example.
In several of those places, massive gatherings of young people were seen during the last weekend who did not respect any of the contagion prevention measures imposed by the health authorities. These concentrations favor the spread of Covid-19 and imply a health risk for the entire population.
“Many groups of young people who are traveling to the beaches of the coast. We see that they meet, that they have parties and that they do not wear masks. Those young people one day come back and that’s when there may be possibilities of contagion ”, said the minister.
“Good behavior is not only what is carried out here, which is quite good, but also what those who go on tourism have. It’s not that you can’t do sightseeing. It can be done, but carefully, because we are in a pandemic. Tourism is not the same as other times. You have to do it in bubbles, with chinstraps, avoid socializing, “he added.
Likewise, the minister warned: “The more contagion there are mutations, changes in coronavirus strains,” and explained: “This means that the virus wants to survive. That mutation implies that, that it wants to survive in the organisms. That is why we must lower the levels of socialization”. Martorano said that the province has a base of 1,000 cases per day. “We are not talking about low levels. We have to have levels that do not saturate the health system and it seems that that does not worry. Any variant will cause this to produce an outbreak ”.
The official clarified that, despite the situation in the province of Buenos Aires, where there was an increase in infections, in Santa Fe the situation is not serious yet. “We have time to prevent it,” emphasized Martorano.
According to the weekly report made by the Municipality’s Public Health Secretariat, the highest percentage of infections is sustained in the age group of 30 to 44 years, followed by the group of people between 15 to 29 years, then the groups of 45 to 59 years, 60 to 74 years and 75 and over. It should also be mentioned that Rosario registered more than 1,600 deaths from Covid-19, with a fatality rate of 2.31.
Regarding bed occupancy, the occupancy level in the public sector is 59% in critical adult beds; 77% in general adult beds and 14% in Covid beds. The private one has an occupancy of 58% in critical adult beds; 41% in general adult beds and 10.5% in Covid beds.