Coronavirus in Argentina | Ginés González García: “There is no critical issue with intensive care beds”


“Actually we don’t have a critical issue with intensive care beds, “said Ginés González García at a time when there is an increase in cases of coronavirus which could lead to a tightening of the quarantine in the metropolitan area. The Minister of Health clarified that if he follows the rhythm of infections “there could be a problem in a not too long time.”

He explained that nearly 50% of the 11,500 beds in the country are occupied by patients with various pathologies. Of this total, 393 are used by people who have COVID-19, which represents a percentage of less than 4%. Both in the City and in the Province, the areas with the highest number of infections, the occupation is also close to 50%.

The official said that the use of these places “is very low” despite the fact that at this time there is usually more use due to the outbreak of respiratory conditions in the winter. He explained that this type of disease “decreased as a result of isolation.”

In dialogue with Radio Miter He explained that “there is no critical issue on the subject of intensive care beds” but warned that if the evolutionary rhythm of infections is maintained, there could be problems “in a not too long time.”

He explained that in recent weeks there was a strong increase in the use of beds, one of the main variables that will be taken into account when defining this week if the insulation in the metropolitan area hardens.

He considered that it should restrict circulation, after Buenos Aires Minister of Security Sergio Berni asked to return to an “absolute quarantine without public transport”. González García said that people “made an effort and had a great commitment” and that now “we must seek to persuade return to that commitment and make an effort. “

He stated that it is necessary “to stop to stop infections” and that the potential implementation of greater restrictions would be useful “because there is a lot of circulation of the virus.” He described the metropolitan area as “a megalopolis” and explained that when contagion rises “measures must be taken”.