Argentina’s death toll exceeds 100,000 due to deepening crisis | Coronavirus pandemic news
Argentina, with the recent surge in coronavirus cases, is the fifth country in Latin America to have 100,000 deaths.
Argentina has become the fifth country in Latin America to have more than 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths because the country is suffering Coronavirus cases surge This made the healthcare network strained and exacerbated the already severe economic crisis.
On Wednesday, the Argentine Ministry of Health stated that the country had registered 614 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, it has now reported 100,250 coronavirus deaths and 4.7 million cases since the pandemic began.
Argentina has always been one of the worst-hit countries in Latin America, but since its peak last month, the average daily number of cases has declined, and the ICU bed occupancy rate is declining, although the country is still above 60%.
However, Carissa Etienne, head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), warned on Wednesday that the country “infection has increased again.”
“When complacency arises, the number of cases increases. We are all tired, but after experiencing successive peaks of infection in the same location, we must take public health measures as early as possible and consistently to break the cycle,” Etienne Say At the weekly press conference.
Earlier this year, the Argentine government re-imposed lockdown measures during the second wave of infections, some of which have been cancelled. It has strict limits on the number of people arriving at the border to prevent contagious virus variants.
“Every life lost is a huge regret for me,” President Alberto Fernandez said in a speech last week. “I promise that we will not stop vaccinating every Argentine man and woman in these months.”
But many citizens are still struggling to deal with the effects of the pandemic.
Sandra del Valle Pereyra, 50, came to the San Vicente Cemetery in the center of Cordoba to visit the graves of her parents, who all died of COVID-19.
“I have always been alone,” Valle Pereyra told Reuters. She and her siblings are being isolated from each other to avoid infection. “First, my mother died, and then my father. I don’t know how I feel about this terrible disease.”
“In this country, it’s not just the pandemic that has overwhelmed us. There is also a huge economic crisis,” said Gaston Rusichi, 34, a firefighter from Cordoba. Responsible for transferring the dead during the pandemic.
“Many relatives call us to cry, not only because of death, but also because they don’t have money… to be able to bury them in the way one deserves,” Rusichi added.
During the April virus peak in Argentina, more than 80% of ICU beds were in use.
According to the authorities, more than 20.6 million people in the country have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 5.1 million have been fully immunized.
To date, more than 60% of the adult population and 45% of the total population have received at least one dose.