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After two weeks of increases, the rise in infections in the City of Buenos Aires was halted: on the first day of the year, 861 cases of coronavirus were registered

The Buenos Aires government reported more than 800 new infections on the first day of the year (Nicolás Stulberg)
The Buenos Aires government reported more than 800 new infections on the first day of the year (Nicolás Stulberg)

The government of the City of Buenos Aires reported that yesterday 861 positive cases of coronavirus were registered, of which 550 correspond to residents while the remaining 311 are non-residents. The figure interrupted the upward trend that had been repeating in recent days: it is lower than the 2,146 infections reported on Thursday and the 1,688 reported on Wednesday, December 30.

However, the one-day downward trend does not imply that the rising curve of cases in Buenos Aires territory slows its way. The authorities recommend taking an average of cases of up to seven days to have an overview that allows projecting decision-making. In that sense, For more than two weeks that the cases registered in the City have been on the rise after a November in which they had stabilized below 500 per day.

It should be noted that last night the Ministry of Health of the Nation did not broadcast yesterday and Thursday the usual national report of cases for the end of the year holidays. Today it will deliver detailed information on what happened in the guards during December 31, 2020, and January 1 and 2, 2021. On the other hand, the administration of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta He did not interrupt the daily part that he usually broadcast every morning with information from the previous day.

Since the pandemic began in the Federal Capital, there have been 159,872 infections in total and 7,722 deaths. Regarding the occupation of beds in the public health system, only 22.8% of intensive care beds are occupied, a number significantly lower than what was registered during the most complex months of the first stage of the pandemic, when that figure reached 80%.

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On Wednesday, the president Alberto Fernández received the head of the City Government and the Buenos Aires governor Axel Kicillof at the Olivos Presidential Estate. The meeting was shorter than those at the beginning of the strict quarantine, but marks the concern that exists at the top of political power due to an increase in COVID-19 cases that were expected later.

The three leaders They agreed that there is a relaxation as a result of the general fatigue of the citizenship and an equivocal feeling that the worst of the pandemic is over. The yellow lights came on when massive concentrations began to take place in public spaces, such as the farewell to Diego Maradona in downtown Buenos Aires and the River caravan two years before the final of the Copa Libertadores Madrid, and they turned red last week , when the curve accelerated again after the Christmas meetings and the traditional dinners to say goodbye to the year.

The Minister of Health of the City of Buenos Aires, Fernan Quirós, stated in his last press conference that we will have to wait the next few days to understand the scope of the statistical phenomenon. There are two variants: it could be a seasonal rebound as a result of the typical December encounters or it could definitely mark the beginning of the second wave that weeks ago began to wreak havoc in Europe.

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Therefore, in this context, the head of state recognized that It is evaluated in instructing the security forces to “dissipate” people who do not respect the recommendations and thus avoid the concentrations of people without masks or respect for social distancing.

Before this panorama, Jorge Rachid, a health doctor and member of Governor Kicillof’s advisory committee, raised an idea: proposed that a “night restriction to circulate” be imposed, among other measures to mitigate the growing number of coronavirus infections.

In this sense, he indicated that his proposal is that circulation be limited “between 22 and 6” and also added as a suggestion “The closing of borders”. This was expressed in statements made to Radio 10, in which he argued that “The curfew is tough but it is what works in Europe.”

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