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Coronavirus in Argentina: hand in hand with young people between 20 and 29 years old, cases rise in the AMBA


A blood sample, in a laboratory. Illustrative photo. Source: Archive

A rise in cases of Covid-19 coronavirus in the country began to register in the last three weeks of 2020, due to the increase in infections in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires (AMBA).





According to an analysis of researchers who evaluate official statistics and who were consulted by THE NATION, those who pushed the increase in infections in AMBA were young people between 20 and 29 years old, the age group that grew the most during that period. This targeted clandestine parties, which proliferate on both sides of General Paz and on the Atlantic coast.

If the newly infected are taken into account based on their age, according to the latest official data until December 31, almost one in four newly infected in the AMBA is between 20 and 29 years old.




To be more exact, 12.39% are between 25 and 29 and 12.20% are between 20 and 24 years old. If you look at the same age group just three weeks ago, those from 25 to 29 represented 11.79%, while the youngest only 9.58%.

The third age group with the most infections this month was that of older adults between 30 and 34 years old, with 10.88% of the total. In the fourth and fifth place were located those from 35 to 39 and from 40 to 44, respectively.


Eduardo Lopez, head of the Medicine Department of the Ricardo Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital and presidential advisor, analyzed the data: “The youth and the young adult is the group that tends to violate the most and whose thought is: ‘if it touches me, it gives me mild’ or ‘ It’s not going to touch me. “It is one of the groups that wears the least chinstrap, the one that holds meetings the most. I think that some measure must be taken, because most of these young people are on the coast or in summer resorts. In a few days, we will have an increase in cases in Mar del Plata, Pinamar and the Partido de la Costa “.

Asked if the increase is due to an increase in the number of tests, from the city of Buenos Aires they discarded the hypothesis and told this media yesterday: “From the new data it appears that infections and positivity are still around 10%.”

Since the beginning of December, coinciding with the long weekend, the increase in cases began to be noticed, but even a couple of weeks before the increase began to be noticed at the proportion level in young people between 15 and 25 years old. Initially, it was a little more difficult to analyze because simultaneously the city of Buenos Aires began with the tourist testing operation and this could lead to the assumption that more young people would be diagnosed. However, when it became clear that few positives were registered in this way, it was clear that we were in the presence of another change, “he told THE NATION Mauro Infantino, 39, who is a systems engineer and created his own site (https://covidstats.com.ar/), which allows analyzing the data of the pandemic in Argentina that appear in the database of the Ministry of Health of the Nation.


The percentage of infected people in the AMBA according to age groups between December 1 and December 31
The percentage of infected people in the AMBA according to age groups between December 1 and December 31 Credit: https://covidstats.com.ar/

Regarding the possibility of the increase being transferred to the rest of the country, Infantino said: “The same phenomenon is present in the province of Buenos Aires outside the AMBA. In the rest of the country the trend is not so clear. In Santa Fe, for example, it even seems to decrease, always in proportion, the contagion of that strip “

We don’t have much information on tracking so it’s hard to figure out the mechanics. Consequently, it is difficult to know if this is the result of meetings to end the year, a hectic December or some other reason that is here to stay.“, said the analyst, and closed:” The truth is that in many Latin American countries the cases are increasing, but the proportion has not changed in the same way in all of them. Data is being written on the fly and we have no past experiences to contrast. In January we will know more. “

Sources of Ministry of Health of the Nation consulted by this means also recognized that the trend of greater presence of young people among those infected begins to be seen in the rest of the country, although it is not yet reflected in those tourist centers most frequented by groups of friends.

There is a direct correlation between the age of the new cases and the interference that clandestine parties may have. It is young people and young adults who are being infected the most today, “they said from the portfolio led by Ginés González García.

The sources consulted added: “We see it with concern because we are beginning to see a kind of lack of generational solidarity of the youngest with the older adults“.

On the possible increase in cases in the areas chosen by tourists, they said: “In the summer resorts we ask you to take the greatest possible care because that is where the measurements are most relaxed, because you are resting. That leads to a greater number of infections. “

The clandestine parties in the sights

At the start of the season on the coast and with Mar del Plata as one of the districts with the most infections in the province of Buenos Aires, clandestine parties were a constant in the early morning of the first day of 2021.

According to official data, some 20 clandestine parties were dismantled in the seaside resort, in which more than 1,300 people participated that they met to celebrate the New Year, the municipality of General Pueyrredón reported yesterday.

In addition, as part of the operations 12 cars and 3 motorcycles were seized during alcohol tests and more than two tons of clandestine fireworks were detected.

In this very city “More than 70 complaints were received” of which “20 were about illegal events” and in some cases “the intervention of the police had to be requested due to the number of attendees,” the commune explained, according to a report by the Télam agency.

The largest operation took place in the park located in Daprotis and the Coast, where more than 600 participants were withdrawn. Another took place in Calle Libres del Sud at 1100, where 300 minors participated in a meeting.

Meetings were also broken up in Calle Lijo López at 7800, with 70 people; Alvear at 3800, with 60 people; Estrada and Pirán, with 140 people; Chubut to 2600, with 50 people, Kraguievich to 5800, with 65 people and Derqui 651, with 45 people.

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