Amid concern about the escalation in the figures for daily coronavirus infections, the Government of Buenos Aires evaluates taking measures with the “nocturnal” and “the transport”.
The provincial vice minister of Health said it, Nicolas Kreplak, who announced that the data for the next few days will be key for decision making.
“The scenario as we are is very negative. We have to take definitions that manage to reverse the contagion. All the decisions we make have to aim to reduce the form of contagion and there are several possible ones. The last of all and that we want to avoid is to return to the most effective one, which is absolute isolation, “said the official.
And he added: “They are considering some related to nightlife. We are doing a meticulous work and cases have increased more in the population aged 15 to 30 years. Before it was not like that, before it was between 30 and 45 years old. Perhaps also taking measures in that population will help because they are the first to become infected and then they infect the rest. Also take segmented measures on the means of transport “.
Mar del Plata during the end of the year festivities. Photo: Courtesy La Capital / Mauricio Arduin
This Tuesday, Governor Axel Kicillof met with mayors in San Bernardo to discuss the delicate epidemiological situation and they agreed that in the coming days they will do so again to define the measures.
The official acknowledged that the measures that impose restrictions on night outings generated a debate by stating that “some see it more viable and others see it less viable, but many countries are doing it. “
He also added that “it is important to close some borders, that works, but there is a lot of internal circulation and that alone is not enough.”
Axel Kicillof during the meeting with mayors in San Bernardo.
When analyzing the increase in cases, Kreplak warned that they are “in triple the number three weeks ago and ascent speed is very significant“.
“When one studies the second waves in all the countries of the world, they are many times higher even than the first wave. But the epidemiological situation is still not entirely clear because the distortion of the holidays affects a little,” he said.
In the Buenos Aires government they follow with special attention what happens on the coast and that is why he held the meeting with the communal heads of those parties and the nearby areas.
“As we have a lower bed occupancy than at that time of the peak, today we are not in an emergency situation. The sequence would be to strengthen controls, encourage and ask the population to take care of yourself again in the worst moments“Kicillof said after that encounter.
But Kreplak warns that if the cases increase, so will the percentage of occupancy of intensive care beds and the lethality of the virus. He did so by pointing out that in the outbreaks and second waves in Europe, lethality remained at the same levels as during the first stage of the pandemic.
“If we have 15 thousand infections, we will have the same deaths per day as before,” he warned.
After meeting with the mayors, Kicillof pointed to a “relaxation” of society after several months of quarantine and the year-end meetings. “There was a relaxation and also the time of the parties, the reunions, have contributed to increase infections.”
After describing the start of the tourist season as “positive”, Kicillof emphasized care and warned about the new strain: “If with more relaxation of attitudes the new strain appears, which is more contagious, we can go to a catastrophe, which is what has happened in other countries, like the UK. “