Infections soar in the interior and tighten restrictions in more districts

The Buenos Aires government yesterday again expressed concern about the spread of the virus inside the Province and announced the tightening of restrictions for more municipalities outside the Metropolitan Area.

The cases of Tandil, which last week announced its own isolation system and since then had a peak in infections, and of Bahía Blanca, with the hospital system on the brink of collapse, are some of those that stand out in a scenario where each fewer and fewer Buenos Aires districts managed to remain without cases.

That was the central data of the epidemiological update that the Buenos Aires government made yesterday, in which it highlighted that coronavirus cases continue to increase in the interior and already represent 17% of the total infections registered in the province, while in In the Metropolitan Area there was a slowdown in infections.

Therefore, and within the framework of the system implemented by the Axel Kicillof government based on the number of cases and speed of infections, this week it was resolved that eight municipalities tighten their movement restrictions for commercial and social activities.

Although its mayor Miguel Lunghi announced last week that he would exit the phase system, the Province continued to include Tandil in its evaluations. And yesterday, at the Monday conference led by Chief of Staff Carlos Bianco and Health Minister Daniel Gollán, it was announced that it is precisely one of the districts that will go through a tougher phase, going from four to phase 3, the same as the municipalities of Conurbano and La Plata, where there are also other large cities in the interior, in the case of Mar del Plata. Nueve de Julio, Bragado, Laprida and 25 de Mayo.

Yesterday, Bianco took the opportunity to criticize Lunghi again. “The new cases doubled in Tandil in a week. It is a district with community circulation and that is why we have decided to move it to phase 3. Again and in a very respectful way we ask the mayor to comply with the rules, to stop getting creative with new, more permissive systems and that have these results. Nobody wins in anarchy and all Tandilenses lose ”, he said.

Tandil was not the only district in the interior where isolation conditions will be harsher this week. Bolívar, Carlos Casares, Lobería, Pehuajó, Rivadavia, Suipacha and Salliqueló will go from phase five to phase four, so they will not be able to have more, for example, social meetings.

Minister Gollán indicated that “there are an increasing number of cases in the interior of the province of Buenos Aires” and that “in many of those places” outbreaks have already gone to “community circulation.”

Gollán warned that in districts like General Pueyrredon (Mar del Plata) the epidemiological behavior is already “as if it were the area of ​​the AMBA.” And he explained that in August “a sustained process of growth began” in the interior districts. “The disease, as expected, advances faster in the interior because once it is installed with community circulation it finds more people who have not had the disease, and because many of these cities have had their activities very open”, Indian. “We are already in 17% of the cases that are from the interior of the province,” he added.

One of the cases in the interior of Buenos Aires that generates the most concern is that of Bahía Blanca. In the southwestern city, cases continue to increase. The latest report revealed 56 new infections and the 800 active barrier was surpassed. In this scenario, the Municipal Hospital continues with its policy of limiting hospitalization based on its capacity, depending on the staff and available beds.

At this time, the occupancy in the medical clinic in the Municipal COVID sector is 100% and in intensive care 90%.


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