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COVID cases fell by 26%, but deaths increased by more than 77%: the reasons behind this situation in Argentina

The Ministry of Health has issued a new weekly report of COVID cases / (EFE / Enrique García Medina / Archive)

After five weeks on the rise, there was a new drop in cases of COVIDwhat fell by more than 26%. Meanwhile, the deaths they have grown more than one 77%with reference to previous report, According to the latest report issued by the Ministry of Health of the Nation. In other words, between August 7 and 14 there was 126 deaths and 31,198 infections. In this way, the total number of people affected since the beginning of the pandemic stands at 9,633,732, while the number of deaths is 129,566. What is the situation of the most infectious variants of Ómicron, BA.5 and BA.4, in Argentina.

According to the report released by the leading portfolio Carla Vizzotti weekly, 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 the deceased for him COVID-19 showed a jump by showing an increase of more than 77%.

Likewise, the official document indicated that up to now 459 people hospitalized in intensive care units (28 people less than the previous week, when they were 487 hospitalized in these conditions), with a percentage of bed occupancyboth in the public and private sector and for all pathologies, 43.3% in the country.

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

deaths was recorded in this report: 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 Tucumán.

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Refer to vaccinationan essential point in dealing with these more infectious subvariants, until now, 108,403,337 dosesof which 40,909,190 correspond to the first, 37,737,727 on Monday, 3.140.703 are doses additional (which is included in the primary schema of vaccination). Meanwhile, regarding the booster dosethe Ministry of Health stated that 21,181,913 received the first and alone 5,407,306 the second. The total number of vaccines distributed throughout the country reached 114,567,038, in addition to the 5,083,000 donated.

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

The Ministry of Health has a new this Friday Epidemiological bulletin, in which he detailed the progress of COVID in the country. “In Argentina, the current situation of SARS-CoV-2 variants is characterized by a exclusive circulation of the Ómicron variant”, the document reads. While indicating that the variants “BA.4 and BA.5 are increasing while the proportion of BA.2 is decreasing“.

“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 rises from 8.5% to 14.8% (and to 16.9% if only the specimens with gender 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 gender identification are considered)”, they detailed in the document and warned that “the proportion of BA.2 drops from 55.4% to 24.7% (already 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 dominant, its presence dropped from 55.4% to 24.7% / (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)
BA.2 ceased to be dominant, its presence dropped from 55.4% to 24.7% / (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

The document also said 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 prevalence of COVID-19 cases nationwide 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”, being that “the jurisdictions that offered the highest rates were CABA, Formosa and Jujuy”.

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Furthermore, the document emphasizes thatthe specific death rate for COVID-19, at the national level it was 4.5 deaths per million inhabitants considering the period included in 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 emphasizes.

The authorities emphasized the importance of vaccination to avoid serious illness and death due to COVID / (EFE).
The authorities emphasized the importance of vaccination to avoid serious illness and death due to COVID / (EFE).

On the other hand, what the COVID vaccinationthe document said that “82.3% of the Argentine population received two doses of the vaccine“. As far as the age groups are concerned, it is observed that 90.5% of the population aged 18 and over received both dosesWhile in the group of 50 and over the coverage of the second dose is 92.3%”, they detailed.

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

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Finally, regarding the deceased by vaccination statusuntil last week was “recorded 11.29 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in people 60 years and older without vaccination or with incomplete schedule“, while “there were 4.30 deaths per 100,000 population in people aged 60 and over with a complete regimen” and in those “vaccinated with booster doses mortality was 1.41 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants“.

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