The Ministry of Health confirmed in its official last part three new deaths from coronavirus and the total number of fatalities throughout the country amounts to 98. During the last 24 hours there were also 69 new positive cases, bringing the total number of infected to 2,277.
According to the report, today they died a 70-year-old man residing in the province of Cordoba; another 86 years old in the City of Buenos Aires (CABA); and a woman, 75 years old, in the province of Buenos Aires.
Of the total of positive cases, 830 (36.5%) are imported, 790 (34.8%) are close contacts of confirmed cases, 354 (15.6%) are cases of community circulation and the rest are under epidemiological investigation. . The report detailed that of the new infections, 29 were in the province of Buenos Aires, 10 in the city of Buenos Aires, 3 in Chaco, 4 in Cordoba, 7 in Corrientes, 3 in La Rioja, 2 in Mendoza, 2 in Neuquen, 3 in Rio Negro, 2 in Santa Faith and 4 in Tierra del Fuego.
This morning the province of Chaco confirmed a new fatality. This is a 54-year-old patient who was admitted to the Guemes sanatorium in the city of Resistencia. The northern province added its ninth death from COVID-19. According to local media published, the man suffered from kidney failure and was on dialysis at a health center in that city. His condition worsened in recent days and he had to be admitted to the Guemes sanatorium where he died today. This death was not recorded in the official report.
Of the total cases, 47% are women and 53% are men. To date, the total number of discharges is 515 people. Meanwhile, the number of cases discarded until yesterday was 16,416 (by laboratory and by clinical / epidemiological criteria). The main age groups affected by the registered cases correspond to people between 20 and 59 years of age, the average age being 45 years.
President Alberto Fernandez once again highlighted this Sunday the fulfillment of the mandatory quarantine As a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, he stressed the benefits of mandatory quarantine, just as he did last Friday at the press conference where he announced the extension of mandatory isolation until April 27.
“We know that there are many people who have the virus and have no symptoms. By isolating ourselves in our homes we prevent these people from circulating and infecting others without wanting to. ”, he explained in an interview to Telefe. In this sense, it gave a positive but cautious message regarding the measures taken by the Government. “The balance is positive but we are far from claiming victory,” he said.
The head of state again explained that the possible peak of infection may be “around May 15” and that would be the time when according to doctors “the virus has reached its greatest expansion in society.” However, he clarified that some epidemiologists say that “The result of the quarantine is flattening the curve a lot and then that peak may not be a peak, and it may be a constant evolution of infections at a slower rate”. He added: “Maybe the disease will last longer but let’s avoid that peak.”
On the other hand, the Government will establish through a DNU that will be published in the next few hours that Occupational Risk Insurers (ART) must “presumptively” consider the coronavirus as a “professional illness” and may not reject coverage for the excepted workers who have contracted it within the framework of the mandatory quarantine.
For labor law, occupational diseases are considered to be those caused by work., and these are listed in a list according to the branch of activity and its risk factors. In this sense, an ART is obliged to cover only the diseases that are listed.
In the case of Coronavirus, as it is a new disease, it is not yet in any of the lists of occupational diseases, and for this reason controversies could be generated when defining whether or not an ART should cover the treatment. Therefore, the Government decided to reverse the logic and presumably consider that the excepted workers contracted it when carrying out their tasks.