Isolation made easier in Argentina for people totally vaxxed against COVID-19 – MercoPress
Isolation facilitated in Argentina for people totally vaxxed against COVID-19
Argentina’s Health Minister Carla Vizzotti announced on Wednesday that people who have undergone a full COVID-19 vaccine treatment will be forced to spend five days in isolation after coming into close contact with a positive SARS-CoV case -2, while the 10-day quarantine will remain in effect for the unvaccinated.
Vizzotti explained the new measures after a meeting of Cofesa, the council bringing together health ministers from all districts plus that of the federal government.
The 25 members of Cofesa (23 provinces plus the autonomous city of Buenos Aires and the national government) have agreed to relax the isolation requirement for people fully vaccinated with two doses or with one dose of the brands developed under This program.
Meanwhile, people who test positive for COVID-19 will need to spend 7 days in isolation if they are fully vaccinated or 10 days if they have not received any vaccine or just the first injection.
Asymptomatic persons who have been in close contact with a positive case: 5 days if fully immunized, 10 days if not vaccinated, in addition to a PCR test.
?? Argentina are entering their third wave, ?? Vizzotti explained. ?? We delayed Delta’s arrival so much that we avoided a wave, ?? she said.
Cofesa members also discussed the use of home testing kits. ?? The work is in progress, the ANMAT is evaluating the presentations from the laboratories, but without a doubt Argentina is qualified to use these tests, ?? Vizzotti admitted.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, the least restrictive measures on vaccinated citizens met scientific criteria. The new trend is a world affected by isolation, not closures. Vizzotti also appeared.
At this new stage, the Ministry of Health is interested less in the number of cases than in the number of hospitalizations, especially in intensive care, with particular emphasis on the available beds and the number of deaths. There were 892 COVID-19 patients nationwide, while the total bed occupancy in adult intensive care units was 34.4% nationally and 36.4% in the metropolitan area. of Buenos Aires (AMBA).
Measurements may vary from province to province. Cordoba had reduced the number of days in isolation long before the others.
The health ministry on Tuesday reported 33,902 new infections, the highest number since June 2, in addition to 20 deaths for a total of 5,514,207 deaths since the start of the crisis.
?? This test would have an interesting role in this context of transmissible variant and few symptoms, such as minimizing the possibility of epidemics, ?? explained the official.
Local laboratories Abbot, Roche and Becton Dickinson as well as a Korean company presented have filed with the ANMAT Surveillance Agency the authorization to import COVID-19 self-test kits. The green light is expected next week.
A senior Department of Health source cited by TN said these tests will be available at the patient’s expense. But they must be handled in pharmacies so that authorities can find out who has tested positive. Another option is that if a person tests positive for COVID-19, they will have to go to an official post to have their case uploaded to the ministry’s digital system.
Health ministers also agreed that a number of people between the ages of 18 and 40 were not showing up for their second dose, which equated to 2 million people. Therefore, the government implemented the requirement for a health pass to attend public offices and large-scale events.
According to the Public Vaccination Monitor, 37,870,906 received the first dose of serum; 32,321,657 the second; 32,321,657 the third; and 2,251,509 the booster dose. Meanwhile, 93,727,645 doses are available nationwide.