According to the latest report from the National Ministry of Health, during the last 24 hours 151 deaths and 13,790 new positive cases of COVID-19 were registered. Since October 28, 2020, such a high figure has not been recorded. The City of Buenos Aires is one of the regions of the country that continues to register a significant increase in cases.
Will there be new restrictions in the Federal Capital to stop the spread of the virus while vaccination advances? As expressed by the Minister of Health of CABA, Fernan Quirós, for the moment the option is ruled out.
“People had little energy left during the holiday season and they have had a hard time taking care of themselves. Mainly in middle-aged people, from 15 to 30 years old. They have had a lot of social encounters. But this does not mean stigmatizing them, but rather understanding what happens to them: the virus does not impact them clinically but emotionally and psychologically, by not having their encounters, ”Quirós stressed.
The official defined the need to implement a “citizen dialogue” to improve the health situation and build “a different society”. “Every day, each of us has to ask ourselves what we have to contribute. We don’t have to say ‘no’ to young people, who take it very badly. Let’s agree to get together in a safer way. We are all part of the care “, he stressed.
And he warned, during the interview with the signal TN: “If this dialogue is not enough and the cases are many, new measures will have to be taken. But first you have to think about how I can dialogue with my son so that he does not take risks. And if he did, how am I going to live with him for 10 days?
In this way, the management of the City of Buenos Aires was differentiated in part from what will happen in the coming days in areas of the Buenos Aires territory. While the government of Axel Kicillof resolved together with the mayors not to adopt more restrictive actions in the face of the increase in cases of coronavirus in the province of Buenos Aires, new restrictions were announced for 15 districts that will be downgraded.
Faced with the growth of infections and the ability to test to prevent them, he explained: “We have been here for more than 15 days with a systematic increase in cases. It was a fortnight of a lot of social gathering. In recent days, we have doubled the number of tests we do in the City, an average of 10,000 tests per day, much higher than what we have had ”.
In that sense, the minister described that “the first wave of infections hits on the socioeconomic side”, referring to the most vulnerable sectors as well as health personnel and essential workers. In turn, in a “second moment” it is related to the social, the youth, who are the ones who, according to Quirós, “bring the disease to each home.” The signaling occurs in a context in which social encounters without the necessary care, or clandestine parties, are replicated in different parts of the country.
How the vaccination campaign continues in CABA
As in the rest of the country, in the City of Buenos Aires progress is being made with the inoculation campaign against the coronavirus after the arrival of the initial doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik-V. It is a gradual and phased plan. In this first batch, CABA received 23,100 units, which are being aimed at all first-line health personnel and cover both the public and private sectors.
Asked about the matter, Quirós affirmed that the Buenos Aires government is limited to following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health of the Nation. “They define the priorities and deliver the games. In the City of Buenos Aires we are going to strictly follow the provisions of the national ministry. When we have the second game, we will communicate to which risk group corresponds and we will open the registration so that each one of them can sign up ”, he described.
And he advanced: “By May we will have completed the vaccination of the most vulnerable groups. We come in the same rhythm as the country. As of today we have reached 5 thousand applications. We estimate that in the next 10 days we will complete the rest of the vaccines that we have been given. The information we have from the Ministry of Health of the Nation is that as of January 15 they will be receiving the items of the second component, plus a significant amount of the first component.
On these estimates, days ago the president Alberto Fernandez He had anticipated: “The plan we have is for Russia to finish giving us the 300,000 second doses in the first days of January and by the end of January we will have 4 million from the first dose and 1 million from the second dose.”
The data shows the race against time that the national government faces to meet deadlines. Although official spokesmen explain that the recommended period of 21 days between the first and second doses can be extended, experts admit that the vaccine may lose effectiveness.
Lastly, Quirós was consulted about the decision not to inoculate himself, as if other officials from different provinces did. “We want to be respectful of technical issues. I am not indicated to be vaccinated at this stage. I am not on the front line of the health system and the Head of Government (for Horacio Rodríguez Larreta) neither, ”he argued.
And he concluded, differing once again from the actions of the national ruling party and reiterating a criticism that he has already made previously: “If there is a social debate or doubt about the vaccine due to lack of technical details, the way to solve it is by getting the information, not by putting highly respected people to get vaccinated. That is transferring trust from one person to another and it is not about that. It’s about trust in science and science builds trust with clear information ”.
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