Another 438 people died and 16,325 were infected with coronavirus in the last 24 hours in Argentina, while President Alberto Fernández is preparing to announce tomorrow a new phase of Preventive and Compulsory Social Isolation (ASPO), which will begin on Monday, October 26.
The head of state will make the announcement after having analyzed today with the governors the epidemiological and health situation of the provinces, through a videoconference held from the Casa Rosada.
With the official figures reported tonight, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 27,957, while those infected reached 1,053,650.
The Ministry of Health indicated that 4,611 are interned in intensive care units, with a percentage of occupancy of adult beds of 64.6% in the country and 63.6% in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA).
In this context and with a view to the new stage of isolation, the Buenos Aires governor Axel Kicillof ratified that the gradual opening of activities in the metropolitan area of the AMBA will continue while coronavirus cases continue to decline and said that infections “have been seven consecutive weeks fall “.
“We have been falling for seven weeks in a row in contagion cases in Greater Buenos Aires thanks to social behaviors and compliance with government decisions,” he said.
He added that if “a much more serious situation could be avoided, it was because a large part of society is taking great care of itself and the measures and protocols were successful.”
“We continue to work in coordination with the national government and the City of Buenos Aires to sustain the gradual opening of activities as cases decrease,” he said, but assured that citizens must also be prepared to “go back”, if they were to increase again. contagions, reported the Government.
Kicillof held a meeting today with the Committee of Experts and with the mayors of the entire province of Buenos Aires to analyze the epidemiological situation in the municipalities, facing a new stage of social, preventive and compulsory isolation that begins next Monday.
For its part, the Buenos Aires Government anticipated that, for the new stage, it will propose to the Nation the enabling of new activities that includes the opening of the interior of the gastronomy premises and of the gyms, the outdoor pools, the museums and the “educational reintegration” for girls and boys who finish the initial level.
Sources from the Buenos Aires government informed Télam that the measures make up the agenda of proposals that Horacio Rodríguez Larreta will raise to the Casa Rosada to implement in the City from next Monday.
Meanwhile, the United States drug regulatory agency (FDA) today granted full authorization to the antiviral remdesivir to be used in the treatment of patients hospitalized for coronavirus, confirming the conditional permission agreed last May, the manufacturing laboratory Gilead reported.
Gilead announced that it received authorization for the drug and stressed that it is the only specific treatment against coronavirus approved after a more rigorous and definitive verification process.
The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) of Brazil also announced today that the tests of the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the AztraZeneca laboratory will continue after the death of the doctor Joao Pedro Rodrigues who participated as a volunteer in the trials with this drug .
Anvisa, dependent on the Ministry of Health, reported that the studies with the vaccine will continue after having received “data from the investigation carried out by the International Committee for Safety Evaluation” that audits the tests, the ANSA news agency reported.
In a statement, Anvisa explained that the International Committee “suggested that the study continue” that is being carried out in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and other states of the country.
At the international level, the European governments today used every possible resource to contain their furious second wave of coronavirus, including returns to total quarantine and curfews, with new records of cases in several countries and with Germany on alarm.
Globally, 428,963 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, a figure that implies an upward trend compared to the average number of cases in the last seven days.
The inclination is also replicated in Latin America and the Caribbean, which registered 68,536 new positives the day before, and also represented an increase of 10% with the totals of a week ago, according to data released today by the Inter-American Development Bank .
Of the cases reported today in the region, more than 45,000 correspond to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, while 12,420 were detected among Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
In addition, the United States, the country most affected since the beginning of the pandemic last December in China, accounted for 62,978 in one day, a number close to that of Latin America and the Caribbean. (Télam)
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