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The Buenosairean and Buenosairean governments will duplicate the volunteers to detect infected; they summon students of the Medicine race

The decision to intensify

PCR testing (diagnostics)

through the

Detect plan

of the

Ministry of Health

It was agreed in the meetings that the President,

Rodríguez Larreta

and

Kicillof

had last week, in which a return to the

strict quarantine.

Argentina is, along with Bolivia, the country with the fewest tests per million inhabitants in South America.

“We are going to give them all (the reagents) they ask us for. And also in other districts, such as Neuquén, Río Negro and Chaco,” they said near the Minister of Health,

Ginés González García.

In the city, the monitoring of people in isolation and close contacts of confirmed cases is carried out by 1,000 agents, and in 10 days, as promised by the head of government, they will double that number with medical students from the University of Buenos Aires. .

On Friday, together with the President and the Buenos Aires Governor, Larreta referred to the implementation of “a focused strategy, of strict restrictions, of massive and intelligent tests to accompany isolation, and individual care is reinforced, so that cases begin to come down. ”


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As for the tests, and according to the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health, there are 1,478 people who participate in the operations of the Detect plan in the neighborhoods, including social organizations and medical students. “Of the total, 1072 people do the active door-to-door search of close contacts of confirmed cases,” they said. Another 20 are dedicated to taking the samples.

Until the day before yesterday, the data that the City updates daily indicates that the jurisdiction carried out in 15 neighborhoods, including the six towns, 18,393 diagnostic tests (swabbed) since May 5, when the Detect plan only began to operate, with the arrival supplies to the country and the establishment of new laboratories to study the samples in addition to Anlis Malbrán. 40% of those tests were positive for coronavirus, although this percentage does not include the results of the 98 tests done this weekend at La Paternal.

100 days quarantine

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In the province of Buenos Aires, Kicillof defined with his officials a significant reinforcement in the work of tracking cases. Sources of the Ministry of Health affirmed to

THE NATION

that they will increase by 40 percent the number of volunteers who, in the 12 telemedicine centers, “follow up on close contacts and minor suspects who quarantine their homes.” For the new stage, we are already working with the National University of La Plata and 13 more universities will be added, with 1,200 volunteers to carry out this monitoring. As a complement, close to the Deputy Minister of Health Nicolás Kreplak they were confident in a significant increase in plasma treatments, “to prevent many cases from reaching intensive care and jeopardizing health care.” As for the implementation of Detectar, the Buenos Aires government stated that “the mayors” are in charge of the operations.

Beyond the decision to “work together”, the government and the opposition criticize each other for the implementation of tests and traces after 100 days of quarantine.

For Adolfo Rubinstein, epidemiologist and former Minister of Health of the Mauricio Macri government, it would be necessary to have at least 4,000 teams of between four and five people each for the search and follow-up of potential infections. “If it takes longer, contagion increases and you cannot block the focus,” he continued. “Obviously, for this, you need a testing capacity between 5 and 10 times greater than now. That is, what is being done, but on a larger scale and with better organization, “said the former Cambiemos government minister. Elisa Carrió, Rodríguez Larreta’s ally in the city, asked her yesterday on Twitter “not to tie her sanitary decisions” to what Kicillof decides. On the other hand, Carolina Brandariz, director of the program “The neighborhood takes care of the neighborhood”, of the Ministry of Social Development, confirmed that the testing operations will continue this week in the Chacarita beach, Chacabuco Park and Boedo.

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