Catamarca, the only province in Argentina that since the arrival of COVID-19 in the South American country had not registered contagion of the virus, reported on Friday its first case of the disease.
“After 105 days without infection, we have detected the first positive case of COVID-19 in Catamarca,” announced the governor of that province, Raúl Jalil, through his profile on the Twitter social network.
Jalil specified that it is a carrier that was isolated before entering the capital of Catamarca (northwest) and that it is under medical control and epidemiological monitoring.
“The positive case of COVID-19 that has been detected is imported. These 105 days without cases have allowed us to prepare, with national, provincial and municipal resources, the entire health and safety system to face this scenario. I ask for social responsibility from all, “said the governor.
Since Argentina reported the first case of the new coronavirus on March 3, Catamarca has so far remained the only one of the country’s 24 provinces without infections.
“We have to take care of each other responsibly,” Jalil insisted.
Shortly before this first case was known, on the morning of this Friday Jalil had decreed the return to phase 1 of mandatory preventive social isolation in the departments of Belén and Andalgalá.
The governor made that decision after the appearance of a suspicious case, a person from Bethlehem, already isolated, considered close contact of a carrier who tested positive for COVID-19 in the neighboring province of La Rioja, where he remains under medical care.
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN ARGENTINA
According to the latest official data released today, the number of COVID-19 cases in Argentina amounts to 69,941, with a total of 1,403 deaths.
The province of Buenos Aires continues to be the district with the most confirmed cases to date (35,044), followed by the country’s capital, with 28,784 infections, and the province of Chaco (north), with 2,172.
According to official data, there are 25,224 patients who have already been discharged.
Meanwhile, 620 people with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 remain admitted to intensive care units.
The percentage of occupation of intensive care beds for all types of pathologies is 50.1% nationwide, but 55.7% if only Buenos Aires and its populous periphery are considered, the districts that concentrate about 93% of new cases of coronavirus.
So far, in Argentina, where isolation measures have been in force since March 20, a total of 381,431 tests have been carried out to detect the virus, with a rate of 8,405 tests per million inhabitants.
A week ago, the Argentine government decided to extend the isolation measures until July 17, with a tightening of them in the country’s capital and its periphery since last Wednesday.