The Buenos Aires Health Minister, Fernán Quirós, differed this Tuesday from the Buenos Aires Governor Axel Kicillof’s strategy to enforce the days of isolation required of Argentines who return from abroad by warning that “fear and guilt only generate more difficulty in the management of the pandemic “.
The controversy began after the provincial president warned that the Delta variant of the coronavirus will have community circulation in Argentina and “when it does, it will be the fault of those who bring it from outside and they do not comply with the regulations. “
The ruling party thus tensed the discussion about Argentines returning from abroad after the National Directorate of Migration formalized a criminal complaint on Tuesday against a traveler infected with the Delta variant of the coronavirus who breached the mandatory isolation.
“Both the strategy of fear and the strategy of guilt only generate more difficulty in managing the pandemic because the most important thing is to present the information as clearly and transparently to society,” said the city’s Health Minister.
In statements to The Nation +, Quirós stressed that “the important thing is to understand that it is a variant that is circulating in more than 100 countries of the world and sooner or later it will be reaching all countries and therefore to Argentina as well “.
That is why the official urged “to make every effort to comply with the correct seven-day protocols at home and the next day to have the PCR done and be sure that none of those who have returned have the virus carrying it.”
However, he admitted that “not everyone is willing to stay for seven days and that is why there are regulations, telephone monitoring, home visits and dialogue with the citizen explaining all that to them.”
In this context, he pointed out that “between 0.5 and 0.8 percent of those who passed the first negative PCR later develop the disease with the Delta variant or with another virus.” “That is why it is so important that everyone be aware that you have to be there seven days and test yourself on the seventh day,” he stressed.
In this regard, Quirós was in favor of “proposing a collective accompaniment where the majority of the components of society can fulfill it and walk down that path always accompanying those who cost a little more “
He also questioned the restrictions that the national government imposed on the return of Argentine tourists who traveled abroad.
“Beyond the fact that you have to be very careful and try to go out as little as possible, naturally the way to solve this problem it is not leaving people stranded without any protection and no accompaniment, “said the minister.
He stated that “the state is required to accompany the people that he is outside and then the planning of a safe return where he accompanies the seven days and also the people have the disposition to comply with the regulations “.
Quirós warned that although “coronavirus cases are decreasing throughout Argentina, the truth is that there are two very cold months ahead and we have the entry of more contagious variants such as the Delta.”
“It is very likely that we have ahead a curve of increasing cases. If we achieve that this increase in cases is very late into the month of August, surely the vaccination campaign will have advanced enough and this increase in cases will be as we are seeing in some countries, where there are many daily cases but little damage ” , he pointed.
For Quirós, reaching 100,000 dead is “a painful figure”
The Ministry of Health reported 20,023 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,682,960 since the start of the pandemic. Meanwhile, 387 deaths were reported, which left Argentina on the verge of 100,000 dead. The exact figure so far is 99,640.
“The figure is tremendously painful like the whole process up to here and it has a tremendously important symbolism, “said Buenos Aires Health Minister Fernán Quirós, when asked about the imminent arrival of 100,000 dead in Argentina.
Quirós pointed out that this data “has to lead to reflection on what things we could have done better, especially to avoid making mistakes going forward.”
Asked about the aftermath of the pandemic, Quirós explained that in principle “it will leave a society that has suffered chronic social damage“, which in his opinion will bring” disorders in mental capacity and in the ability to build a society and a lot of illnesses that have been poorly cared for “.
In this context, the official assessed that “the impact of the pandemic in education it has been enormous and in many dimensions. “” The most obvious affected the most vulnerable children, those who have not been able to sustain the school bond, “he added.
“There are estimates from the Ministry of Education that are a million people who have lost their school connectionThat is the most irreparable because the missed year of school severely damaged his destiny in his social bond and his personal and family development, “he remarked.
Asked about the possibility of Argentina experiencing the lifting of restrictions that occurs in Europe, Quirós projected that the country may begin to stop using the chinstrap as it approaches “40 or 50 percent of the population vaccinated with the two doses and let’s enter a more beneficial climatic environment. ” Estimated that in September it is possible that “that path will begin and in a more definitive way”.
The official stated that “Argentina came later to the vaccination process than I expected to arrive. “” We plan to start in December or January with an intense campaign and it began to gain intensity in the last two months. So we have had a slower and later campaign than the one wanted by all and that the government itself had reported as such, “he added.
For the minister, the strategy of starting vaccination with a first dose was “appropriate for the epidemiological situation.” “Now we have a new challenge because there is a variant that requires a second doseFinally, Quirós said, who said that the ideal is to “get out better than we entered” in this pandemic.