The Ministry of Health of the Nation reported this Tuesday that during the last 24 hours 151 deaths and 11,650 new positive cases of COVID-19 were registered. With these data, the total number of infected amounts to 1,602,163 and the fatalities total 43,018.
The highest number of infections was recorded since November 13.
Of the total deaths, 88 are men (42 from the province of Buenos Aires, five from the city of Buenos Aires, four from Chaco, three from Corrientes, two from Entre Ríos, four from Mendoza, one from Río Negro, two from Salta, one from San Juan, two from San Luis, two from Santa Cruz, 10 from Santa Fe, one from Santiago del Estero and nine from Tucumán) and 62 women (25 from the province of Buenos Aires, six from the city of Buenos Aires, one from Chaco, two from Chubut, two from Córdoba, two from Corrientes, three from Mendoza, two from Río Negro, one from Salta, two from San Luis , two from Santa Cruz, six from Santa Fe and eight from Tucumán).
Currently there are 3,345 people hospitalized in Intensive Care Units (ICU). With regard to occupancy percentages, at the national level it is 53.2%, while in the AMBA it is 56.8%.
In the last 24 hours, 45,084 tests were carried out and since the beginning of the outbreak, 4,757,372 diagnostic tests for this disease were carried out, which is equivalent to 104,841 samples per million inhabitants.
Of the 11,650 new cases, 4,417 are from the province of Buenos Aires, 996 from the city of Buenos Aires, 16 from Catamarca, 306 from Chaco, 606 from Chubut, 216 from Corrientes, 775 from Córdoba, 327 from Entre Ríos, 14 from Jujuy, 314 from La Pampa, three from La Rioja, 161 from Mendoza, 30 from Misiones, 558 from Neuquén, 387 from Río Negro, 40 from Salta, 305 from San Juan, 55 from San Luis, 397 from Santa Cruz, 1,226 from Santa Fe, 75 from Santiago del Estero, 159 from Tierra del Fuego and 276 from Tucumán. Formosa reclassified nine cases to other jurisdictions according to place of residence.
This morning the first stage of vaccination against COVID-19 began in the country. Simultaneously, the operation was launched so that health personnel receive the Sputnik V vaccine that arrived in Argentina on Thursday, December 24.
The process takes between 8 and 12 minutes. From the moment the person arrives, they are vaccinated, registered and leaves the health center with their card that certifies that they have received said dose.
Health authorities began using the first 300,000 doses of the vaccine created in Russia. The second dose required to complete the immunization will be applied with the package of vaccines that is expected to arrive in Argentina in mid-January 2021.
The Minister of Health of the Nation, Ginés González García, revealed that five million doses will arrive in the country during the first month of the year. He was also consulted about the Pfizer vaccine and the impediments to receive the American vaccine.
One of them is linked to the legal immunity that the North American laboratory claims to have in the country in the event of adverse consequences of the doses in the population. “We do not understand why so many demands, it seems that they do not have faith in the vaccine”revealed the minister.
And he continued: “If Argentina has been generous with any firm, it has been with Pfizer. We offered them the structure to carry out the clinical study here, there were contractual conditions for which we made a law and there was something in the local law that does not fit with what they want. And the truth is that it is very difficult for us to make another law, beyond the fact that it would not be the most dignified thing for a country”.
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