Flores already has more than 10,000 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic arrived in the country in early March. This Buenos Aires neighborhood was one of the first to be hit by Covid-19, while it had not yet emerged from the dengue crisis. Now, it is the first in the City of Buenos Aires to reach the five accumulated positive figures.
This is revealed in the latest edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin, published this Friday by the Ministry of Health of the City. It analyzes the cases registered between Thursday 8 and Wednesday 14 of this month inclusive, but also the dynamics of disease transmission from the first case on March 2.
From that moment on, Flores was accumulating infections until he reached 10,044 this Wednesday. The first peaks occurred in some of its 44 nursing homes and in the Padre Ricciardelli neighborhood, the former Villa 1-11-14, which in addition to outbreaks suffered water cuts in May and July, which made it even more difficult to prevent transmission.
nullTo Flores, the DetectAr operation arrived in June. With it 3,500 residents of the neighborhood were already tested and a positivity of 23% was detected. Thanks to this program and other tracking actions, the case curve stabilized until the same territory that today reaches five accumulated figures. exhibit one of the slowest contagion rates from the city.
It is that in the last seven days analyzed, its cases grew by 2.3%, a point and a half less than the general Buenos Aires index. The only neighborhoods that had a lower increase were Villa Soldati, Retiro, Barracas and Puerto Madero, with relative increases of between 1.4% and 2%.
The one that follows Flores in the number of accumulated cases is Palermo, with 8,479 positives in these seven and a half months. It is also the one that made the Buenos Aires curve climb the most in the last week, with 396 new infected. And today it has a rate of infections higher than the general one, with a relative increase of 4.9%.
But, at the same time, Palermo is the most populated neighborhood in the City. And that means that, in terms of rates, it is not first but in the middle of the table: the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants is lower there than in other 24 Buenos Aires neighborhoods.
In that parameter, instead, the one that is first is Villa Soldati, with 8,986 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Barracas, Nueva Pompeya, Retiro and La Boca follow. Except for the latter, all these neighborhoods are the ones with the least relative increase in the last week, a point that is partly explained by their high level of accumulated -each point of rise is dozens of infected- but also by the slowdown in the rate of contagion itself.
In Puerto Madero, the cases also increased little: it added eight in the last seven days recorded, making it the one that pulls the Buenos Aires curve the most down. It is also one of the least accumulated records, with 415 positives since March. In this variable, it is only surpassed by Versailles (367), the last neighborhood the coronavirus reached.
Where the rate of infections is high is in Villa Ortúzar, the one with the highest percentage increase in the analyzed period: 9.7%, two and a half times the general average in the City. In his case, his positives are relatively few both in absolute terms and per 100,000 inhabitants. That is partly why changes are felt there more: each new infected moves the needle a little more than in neighborhoods with a large number of accumulated.
Recoleta, eighth in rates and in new cases, again this week received the mobile phone from DetectAr, which had arrived there for the first time on July 13. He will remain in that neighborhood until Monday 26.
The operation also continues, with health agents, in the rest of the territory where it has been deployed in recent months: 29 formal and seven informal neighborhoods. 85% of the cases are concentrated there.
According to official sources, 110,231 people have already been tested in the City with this operation. The positivity rate is 26.5%, four points less than two weeks ago.
This Friday there were 931 new cases of coronavirus in Buenos Aires residents, indicates the City Government. 33 of them were detected in vulnerable areas, where there are 16,835 accumulated positives. Thus, there are 139,170 infected among residents and 4,470 deaths.
The average age of death is 76 years, and the most frequent comorbidities as of Wednesday were hypertension (26.7%), diabetes (11.8%), and chronic neurological diseases (9.8%).