Coronavirus cases in Argentina decreased by up to 26%, but deaths increased by more than 70%

After five weeks on the rise, there was a new drop in COVID cases, which fell by more than 26%. Meanwhile, deaths grew by more than 77%, compared to the previous report, according to the latest report issued by the National Ministry of Health.

In other words, between August 7 and 14, 126 deaths and 31,198 infections were registered. In this way, the total number of people affected since the start of the pandemic stands at 9,633,732, while the number of deaths is 129,566. What is the situation of the most contagious variants of Ómicron, BA.5 and BA.4, in Argentina.

What does the weekly COVID report issued by the Argentine Ministry of Health say?

According to the report released weekly by the portfolio led by Carla Vizzotti, a new drop in cases was registered, which was positioned at more than 26% in relation to the report issued the previous week. At that time, the registered infections and deaths (between July 31 and August 7) ​​were: 71 deaths and 42,227 cases. Meanwhile, those who died from COVID-19 showed a jump, showing an increase of more than 77%.

Likewise, the official document indicated that, to date, there are 459 people hospitalized in Intensive Care Units (28 people less than the previous week, when there were 487 hospitalized in these conditions), with a percentage of bed occupancy, both in the public and private sectors and for all pathologies, 43.3% in the country.

Although the cases decreased, the deceased increased by more than 77% / (EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni)

The deaths recorded in this report were: 18 in Buenos Aires, 7 in CABA, 2 in Catamarca, 8 in Chaco, 1 in Chubut, 9 in Corrientes, 5 in Córdoba, 2 in Entre Ríos, 1 in Formosa, 1 in Jujuy, 2 in La Rioja, 1 in Mendoza, 1 in Misiones, 1 in Neuquén, 2 in Río Negro, 10 in Salta, 1 in San Juan, 1 in San Luis, 2 in Santiago del Estero, 1 in Tierra del Fuego, and 50 in Tucuman.

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Regarding vaccination, an essential point to face these more contagious sub-variants, up to now 108,403,337 doses have been applied, of which 40,909,190 correspond to the first, 37,737,727 to the second, 3,140,703 are doses additional (which is included in the primary vaccination schedule). Meanwhile, with regard to booster doses, the Ministry of Health indicated that 21,181,913 received the first and only 5,407,306 received the second. The total number of vaccines distributed throughout the country reached 114,567,038, in addition to the 5,083,000 that were donated.

Ómicron is the only variant that is detected in Argentina, according to the Ministry of Health /
Ómicron is the only variant that is detected in Argentina, according to the Ministry of Health.

What is the situation in Argentina regarding the most contagious variants of Omicron

The Ministry of Health issued, this Friday, a new Epidemiological Bulletin, in which it detailed the progress of COVID in the country. “In Argentina, the current situation of SARS-CoV-2 variants is characterized by an exclusive circulation of the Ómicron variant,” the document stated. While indicating that the variants “BA.4 and BA.5 are on the rise while the proportion of BA.2 decreases.”

“The proportion of BA.4 increases from 9.2% to 13.6% (and to 15.5% if only the samples with lineage identification are considered), BA.5 increases from 8.5% to 14.8% (and to 16.9% if only the samples with lineage identification are considered). samples with lineage identification), Ómicron compatible with BA.4/BA.5 increases from 10% to 20.9% (and to 23.9% if only the samples with lineage identification are considered)”, they detailed in the document and warned that “the proportion of BA.2 decreases from 55.4% to 24.7% (and to 28.2% if only the samples with lineage identification are considered); while “for the rest of the variants of the virus (including Delta) no cases have been registered” since the beginning of the year.

BA.2 ceased to be predominant, its presence fell from 55.4% to 24.7% / (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)
BA.2 ceased to be predominant, its presence fell from 55.4% to 24.7% / (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

The document also stated that in the last week of July “63 deaths were recorded with a date of death in that week, which means an increase of 9% compared to the previous week (5 more deaths)”, while “the incidence of COVID-19 cases at the national level in people over 50 years of age in the last 4 weeks (EW 27 to EW 30/2022) was 133 cases per 100,000 inhabitants”, and “the jurisdictions that presented the highest rates were CABA, Formosa and Jujuy”.

Likewise, the document highlights that “the specific mortality rate for COVID-19, at the national level, was 4.5 deaths per million inhabitants considering the period of the last 4 weeks”, with Tierra del Fuego, Catamarca and Entre Ríos as the districts with the highest numbers on this aspect. “If the deceased in 2022 are taken into account, it is observed that 93.1% were 50 years old or older,” the letter stressed.

The authorities highlighted the importance of vaccination to avoid serious illness and death from COVID / (EFE)
The authorities highlighted the importance of vaccination to avoid serious illness and death from COVID / (EFE)

On the other hand, regarding vaccination against COVID, the document assured that “82.3% of the Argentine population received two doses of the vaccine.” Regarding the age groups, it is observed that 90.5% of the population aged 18 and over received both doses, while in the group of 50 and over the coverage of the second dose is 92.3 %”, they detailed.

Likewise, they indicated that the group between 12 and 17 years old reached a coverage of 80.6%; while in the 3 to 11 years that number is located at 65%. “Regarding the coverage of the first booster, 45.8% of the Argentine population received the 3rd dose of the vaccine”, they pointed out in the recent Bulletin; while detailing that “57.4% of the population aged 18 and over received the first reinforcement while in the group of 50 and over coverage is 70.6%”, while in “children, girls and adolescents, in the group between 12 and 17 years old coverage reached 35% and in the group between 5 and 11 years old coverage is 9.7%”.

Finally, regarding the deceased according to vaccination status, until last week “there were 11.29 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in people 60 years of age and older without vaccination or with an incomplete schedule”, while “there were 4.30 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in people aged 60 years and over with a complete regimen” and in those “vaccinated with a booster dose, mortality was 1.41 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants”.

Source: Infobae

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