For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the decrease in the speed of infections by coronavirus, in the occupation of beds and in the length of stay in intensive care allows to begin to speak of an encouraging diagnosis for Greater La Plata, the Conurbano and the city of Buenos Aires. But now, that “oil stain” with which it is assimilated to the disease is spreading with greater force in the interior, where the percentage of cases doubled in a week and more and more municipalities are forced to tighten restrictions.
“In the metropolitan area, there is a fairly marked decrease in the speed of infections. In the city of Buenos Aires we see a certain amount of infection, but with high levels of contagion. It is a good sign, that we also see in the first and second cordon of the Conurbano ”, the Buenos Aires Minister of Health, Daniel Gollán, summarized yesterday, when he released the weekly epidemiological report of the Province.
“We are managing to flatten the curve,” said the official, and that this is thanks “to the levels of mobility we have today: with limited public transportation, no mass events, or classes,” but “if we all go out on the street, it goes off again ”.
The warning was quickly taken up by the Buenos Aires Chief of Staff, Carlos Bianco, who warned that “we are comfortable in Phase 3” that is in force in the Region, “because beyond the stabilization that exists, it is a stabilization in a high number . We are still concerned ”. From which it can be inferred that the new stage of isolation – which will begin on Monday – would arrive without greater flexibility.
Yesterday, anyway, the Province registered 5,656 new infections (in the city of Buenos Aires there were 1,333). While the occupation of intensive care units (for different pathologies) in the metropolitan area was located at 62.85 percent. “Is coming down. It’s a pretty flat progression. It is a good figure, “said Gollán, who highlighted that the occupation of beds by COVID-19 went from 1,087 to 1,080 in a week and that the time spent in intensive care also decreased, a” positive sign “attributed, in part, to to plasma treatments from recovered patients.
But, even on that plateau, the health system is still “in tension”, admitted the Buenos Aires officials, and that the shadow of the plague is becoming more dense in the interior, which now concentrates 8 percent of the cases in the Province, against 4 percent last week.
“This disease does not stand still, but filters to the rest of the province,” said Gollan and insisted that the provincial administration is working on “slowing down the speed with which that oil stain spreads” m in pursuit of avoid saturation of the health system, while waiting for “a therapeutic response.”
“Today there is no municipality that has not had at least one case of COVID,” Gollán sentenced, and reinforced: “There are more and more districts with community circulation, such as General Pueyrredón – to which Mar del Plata belongs.” And, consequently, less and less the communes in Phase 5 (the one that enables most of the activities): today 43 districts go through this phase; a little over a month ago there were 70.
Meanwhile, there are 39 municipalities in Phase 3 and 53 that are in Phase 4. “For the first time, this week we have more districts in Phase 4 than in Phase 5,” warned Bianco, and stressed that, “far from being controlled this , it happens that it is expanding inward. We are demanding maximum alertness and responsibility for the activities that are allowed ”.
In this sense, Axel Kicillof’s coordinating minister sent “an alarm signal regarding the social behaviors that occur in some municipalities in the interior.” The common denominator, he said, citing the mayors, “is that there was a massive barbecue or some clandestine event. An agglomeration of 50 people is extremely dangerous, much more in a closed place ”, he warned.
In part, those individual licenses determined that this week Balcarce, La Costa, General Viamonte, 25 de Mayo, Junín, Las Flores, Mar Chiquita, Tandil and Villa Gessell should go back from Phase 5 to 4, where recreational outings are prohibited. , meetings of up to ten people or the possibility of food in the restaurant. Or that Coronel Pringles, Laprida and Bragado have to continue in Phase 3, along with the metropolitan area.
Better luck ran Coronel Dorrego, Navarro and Suipacha, who after “controlling” the dynamic behavior of the disease, were able to advance to the last and most flexible stage of isolation.
According to the Province, since the outbreak of the pandemic, therapy beds have increased by 130 percent, but even so the coronavirus hurts in Buenos Aires because, as interpreted by Bianco yesterday, the health system was in “terrible conditions.” Along these lines, he described the previous administration as “a disaster. The last four years have been scorched earth “, and endorsed the recent statements of President Alberto Fernández against Mauricio Macri, reaffirming that” there is no doubt that neoliberalism is worse than the coronavirus in terms of deaths. “
Finally, positive cases of coronavirus in popular neighborhoods in the province of Buenos Aires fell to 13 percent of the total infections in Buenos Aires territory, reported the provincial Ministry of Health.