Coronavirus cases in Argentina have reached 3 million on Sunday since the pandemic began, as health workers said hospitals were full to capacity, despite increased government measures to reduce the spread of infections.
The country’s health ministry said there were 11,394 new cases in the last 24 hours, marking a grim new phase, with 156 new deaths leading to 64,252 deaths.
The government of President Alberto Fernandez this week unveiled a new round of tougher restrictions as a second wave of infections hit the country, filling intensive care units and creating new daily records of cases and deaths.
But medical staff said it was still not enough.
“People need to be a little more informed and know that hospitals are full and that healthcare professionals are exhausted,”
The South American cereal producer, which has gone through three consecutive years of recession exacerbated by the pandemic, balances the need to halt the spread of the virus while protecting the fragile economic recovery.
Marcella Sid, a business owner on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, said Argentines were increasingly “locked in a situation” that, while necessary, was of little help to anyone trying to get past the pandemic.
Argentine pediatrician Carlos Camburian said the key would be to speed up the halted vaccination campaign. Otherwise, he warned, hospitals would be overwhelmed. Data from the government show that intensive care beds are about 68.1% occupied nationwide.
“Today, the health care system does not support another patient,” Kamburyan said. “It’s already overflowing.”
“We can continue to extend the measures every 15 days from here to two years if we do not do what needs to be done, namely test and vaccinate, test and vaccinate,” he said.