The Ministry of Health of the Nation informed this Monday February 7, 2022 that, in the last 24 hours, 259 were registered deaths from coronavirus and 25,406 new infections. With these data, the total number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic rose to 8,615,285, while the fatalities total 122,943.
From yesterday to today, 61,853 tests were carried out. As a result, the registered positivity rate is 41.07%. Although the number is far from the 10% recommended by the WHO, the percentage has been below 50% for several days, a figure that was passed during the week of January 14 when the highest peak of infections was recorded, with almost 140 thousand cases and a positivity rate of almost 70%.
On the other hand, of the total deaths reported today, 134 are men and 123 women. Two deceased people, one resident in the province of Buenos Aires and another resident in the province of Ente Ríos, were reported without data on sex. The City of Buenos Aires was the one that reported the most deaths, with 61 deaths. It is followed by the Province of Buenos Aires and Salta with 46 and 41 deaths, respectively.
According to the epidemiological part, At the moment, in Argentina there are 2,537 people with coronavirus hospitalized in intensive care. They are 60 people less than yesterday. The percentage of bed occupancy at the national level is 48.2% and in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) it is 45.5%.
Of the 25,406 infections reported today, more than half are concentrated in PBA (10,671 cases) and CABA (2,252). Between both jurisdictions they accumulated 12,923 cases, a figure that represents 50.86% of the total.
For the rest of the country, the numbers were as follows: Catamarca 374 infections, Chaco 470, Chubut 258, Corrientes 261, Córdoba 3.530, Entre Rios 538, Formosa 483, Jujuy 115, La Pampa 597, La Rioja 164, Mendoza 1,099, Misiones 198, Neuquén 437, Río Negro 438, Salta 218, San Juan 167, San Luis 142, Santa Cruz 123, Santa Fe 1.939, Santiago del Estero 70, Tierra del Fuego 93 and Tucumán 769.
Less than a month before school starts, the Federal Health Council (COFESA) and the Federal Education Council (CFE) will convene the Ministers of Health and Education of the 24 jurisdictions for a face-to-face meeting next Thursday, February 10.
The objective, advanced the health portfolio in a statement, is define the protocols for the beginning of the 2022 school year to guarantee a “full and safe presence in schools” in the framework of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last Friday, during the last virtual meeting of COFESA, the head of the national health portfolio, Carla Vizzotti, assured that “the tendency is not to suspend classes or courses”. In addition, he presented the preliminary protocol proposal “Safe Class” for initial, primary and secondary levels in the current context of the coronavirus pandemic. It, according to the Ministry of Health, consists of six pillars: careful assistance, vaccination, use of a mask, ventilation, hygiene and cleaning Y distance.
“We are working intensively with Education, the synergy is very powerful and we want to take advantage of this opportunity to also promote actions aimed at promoting healthy eating in schools, physical activity and a comprehensive approach to mental health in the school environment in the primary, secondary and university level,” said Vizzotti.
While the protocol is expected to be known at the national level this Thursday, The Buenos Aires government announced today that The bubble system and isolation by close contact will be eliminated in schools in the city of Buenos Aires, at the same time that it will not force students up to and including the third grade to wear a face mask.
“We need schools to get back to normal. The boys have not shared recess with boys from other courses for two years, they need stable routines and normal and fluid contact with their teachers and classmates. No school is going to ask for a sanitary pass and the bubbles are going to be eliminated”, remarked the Head of Government of the City, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta.
According to Rodríguez Larreta, different epidemiological factors were analyzed to make the protocols more flexible. On the one hand, the abrupt decline in the contagion curve: last week the average number of new daily cases was 9,500, today it is 4,666, reflecting a drop of 51%. On the other hand, a reduced occupancy of intensive care beds is also observed: in the system only 21.5% of the beds are intended for patients with coronavirus.
Similarly, officials welcomed the advancement in vaccination. More than 93% of porteños have at least one dose, 89% have the second dose and 47% have the booster dose. In the educational community there is also high coverage: 93% of teachers have already completed the immunization schedule and 65% received the booster dose.
Among students, adolescents from 12 to 17 years old, 85% (201,655) have the first dose and 78% (184,241) already have both doses. While among children between 3 and 11 years old, 68% (248,084) received the first dose and 54% (196,785) already have both.