Argentina this Saturday surpassed 70,000 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic began, while the daily average of new cases has not subsided and is above 20,000, the authorities reported.

According to the last part of the Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours there were 400 deaths from covid, which brings the balance of deaths to 70,253.

21,469 new positives were also reported, so the virus has already infected 3,290,935 people out of a total of 45 million inhabitants.

One of the indicators that worries the authorities the most is the occupation in intensive care units, which has been increasing in the last nine days.

According to the official report, 5,517 people remain hospitalized in intensive care throughout the country.

Occupancy is 70.1% nationwide and rises to 76.5% in the metropolitan area of ​​Buenos Aires, where 15 million people live.

Last week, the Health portfolio confirmed for the first time the detection of the variants of covid-19 known as India and South Africa in three travelers who entered the country from France and Spain.

The borders remain closed and entry is allowed only for Argentines and resident foreigners.

On Argentina, the so-called Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and the United Kingdom strain is already circulating.

Since mid-April, the government strengthened measures to reduce the movement of people with the intention of curbing the contagion curve.

Argentina has already received 11.4 million vaccines from different laboratories, while 9.9 million people have already been vaccinated, 1.8 of them with the complete two-dose schedule.

Until May 21, restrictions on night movement of the population, reduced business hours and the prohibition of social gatherings, according to a decree by President Alberto Fernández.

The president also ordered the suspension of face-to-face classes in the capital’s schools argentina and the province of Buenos Aires, the most populated region of the country with the highest number of infections.

However, the opposition mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, filed a judicial measure and obtained the support of the Supreme Court to maintain presence in primary schools, despite the opposition of the unions that claim to be prioritized in vaccination.

The city of Buenos Aires, the richest district of Argentina, has so far vaccinated 14% of its teachers, only ahead of the province of Tierra del Fuego (13.6%).

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