Argentina hit 3 million total coronavirus cases Sunday, as medical workers say hospitals have reached full capacity despite tightening government restrictions to slow the rate of infection.
The country’s health ministry said there were 11,394 new cases over the last 24-hours, bringing the total number of cases up to 3 million since the beginning of the pandemic. Within the 24-hour period, there were 156 new deaths, bringing Argentina to a total of 64,252 deaths.
President Fernandez’ administration announced new, tightened restrictions to combat the second wave of COVID-19, but medical professionals are saying these new restrictions are still not enough as intensive care units continue filling up and setting new daily records for COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Luciana Berti, a 41-year-old surgical assistant said, “People need to be a little more aware and know that the hospitals are full and that health personnel are exhausted.”
Argentine pediatrician, Carlos Kambourian said the country must resume their stalled vaccination campaign. Otherwise, he warned that hospitals would become overwhelmed. Intensive care beds are now 68.1% occupied nationally, according to government data.
“Today the health system does not support one more patient,” Kambourian said. “It is already overflowing. We can continue to extend measures every 15 days from here until two years from now if we don’t do what needs to be done, which is to test and vaccinate, test and vaccinate.”