“We must lower the contagion curve”

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The Buenos Aires government is convinced that reducing the growth of coronavirus infections is auspicious news, but absolutely insufficient. “You have to get down the curve“, repeat Axel Kicillof and warns about the danger involved in spreading a high plateau over time. The health situation “it would be a disaster“, he warns.

Under this premise, the president held a virtual meeting with the 135 mayors of the Province to evaluate the epidemiological panorama and address the steps to follow in order to reduce the cases of Covid-19.

In this context, Kicillof informed the communal chiefs that in recent days, progress was made in talks with the National Government and the authorities of the City of Buenos Aires to articulate care measures in the metropolitan area.

After the escalation of tension that occurred from the disobedience of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta regarding the presence in schools, the Governor affirmed that his “vocation continues to be to work together and accompany the decisions made by the President”.

During the meeting, Kicillof listened to the mayors and agreed that to reduce infections it is essential to reduce circulation and, at the same time, deepen personal care and compliance with protocols. “We have made a very great effort to expand the health system, but we have seen in other parts of the world that there is no response capacity that reaches when the increase in cases is exponential,” he explained.

The virtual meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, who pointed out that the restriction measures adopted in recent weeks “have been effective in slowing the growth of cases, which once again demonstrates the effectiveness of restrictions on movement”. “We have to work to reverse the situation because, while there is more hospital admissions than discharges, the health system will be at risk,” he added.

The Lomense Martín Insaurralde, remarked that he will support the measures taken by the National Government, since it is “necessary to reduce the circulation in the AMBA to be able to cut the chain of infections.” For his part, the communal chief Iván Villagrán indicated that in Carmen de Areco went to phase 2 and “the new measures were well received by the community.”

Regarding the progress of the vaccination campaign, Kicillof said that having worked together “allowed the adoption of measures that put a ceiling on infections”; and said that at this time it is necessary “to continue implementing actions to lower the curve while continuing to vaccinate.

Prior to the meeting with the communal chiefs, in an activity in Quilmes together with Mayra Mendoza, the provincial president highlighted the importance of the meeting that different governors had with President Alberto Fernández on Wednesday and told that the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, explained to them “in a very crude way that the situation is very worrying.”

Kicillof stressed the need “to reduce the rate of infection, not only to flatten the curve” and remarked that “30 thousand cases of coronavirus every day, means a very large number of seriously ill and deceased“.

His evaluation is that part of the City’s health system “has already overflowed” and that thus “there are no hospitals that can hold out.” In that sense, he said that the Buenos Aires Minister of Health, Fernán Quirós, explained that the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires “has occupied 84% of the beds of the public health system and 88% of the private“, with which the capacity” is already full “and analyzed that” with those margins it was not possible to provide care. ”

The conclusion reached by Kicillof is the following: “The City of Buenos Aire has the most robust system in Argentina, with 33 municipal hospitals that were previously national. If that is full, what is left for the rest of the country?” .

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