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Argentina Hits 100,000 COVID-19 Positive Cases in a Day

  • Argentina hits new record reporting over 100,000 COVID-19 infected. Jan. 7, 2022.

    Argentina hits new record reporting over 100,000 COVID-19 infected. Jan. 7, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/@Marqs51296090

Published 7 January 2022

Argentina reported 109,608  Covid-19 positive cases and 40 deaths last 24 hours as the testing centers are saturated.

As a result of the fast spread of the Omicron strain in Argentina, testing centers are saturated; 109,608 Covid-19 positive cases were reported on Thursday.


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Thursday's report of positive Covid-19 cases breaks the highest record since the start of the pandemic for the third consecutive day, in a country dealing with an accelerated rise of coronavirus infections since December is now among other countries in Latin America where COVID-19 is rapidly progressing.  

Carla Vizzotti, Health Minister, suggested that people who have been in contact with an infected person and not presenting any symptoms should isolate themselves and avoid going to testing centers, given the accumulation on the outside of testing centers across the country.

"I think some measures need to be taken. It seems to me that everything is too loose and people are not taking care of themselves. Now we are starting to see more facemasks, but a fortnight ago, it was like there was no pandemic," a 21-year-old music student, Sol Castaño, who was among the people waiting to be tested after having fallen ill, said to AFP.

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Vizzotti noted that 72 percent of the population have received the complete program of two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, adding that "a new variant emerged with a different situation, with an extraordinary transmissibility but with a much lower severity."

On December 5, the first case of the Omicron variant in Argentina was detected, but hospitalizations and fatalities remained low. Yet over the last week, infections grew by 115 percent.

Sonia Tarragona, Cabinet chief at the Health Ministry, stated that "Omicron is bringing us many surprises. We don't know what the ceiling is going to be. There is no way to stop transmission."

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