- Title: Argentina hopeful of flattening COVID-19 curve amid tough lockdown
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (JULY 6, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) INFECTOLOGIST, ANGELA GENTILE, SAYING: "With a (health) system that is a little strained, because we have already had 50%, even 60% of (hospital) bed occupancy. It's a little more in the suburbs than in the city of Buenos Aires. We thought that this would saturate the system. You have to remember that these are patients in a grave condition, they don't just stay two or three days in therapy. They are prolonged hospital stays of two or three weeks. This (quarantine) extension has paid off. Currently we have an (hospital) occupation that doesn't go over 50%. Although we're still a way off from July 17 (proposed end of quarantine) there have been results. It seems to me that the objective has been met. BUSES GOING PAST OBELISK CARS ON STREET COMMUTERS CROSSING ROAD TRANSIT OFFICERS CHECKING VEHICLES TRAFFIC DRIVER HOLDING TRANSIT DOCUMENTS TRANSIT OFFICERS BY DRIVER
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 15:34
- Keywords: Argentina Buenos Aires COVID-19 coronavirus infection lockdown quarantine
- Location: BUENOS AIRES + EZEIZA, BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES + EZEIZA, BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA004CLTAB7R
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- Story Text: Weary Argentines are hopeful of finally seeing light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, with reports emerging that the South American nation's tough lockdown amid pandemic is working.
Local authorities say they have been able to keep bed occupancy rates in hospitals at around 50%, averting a potential run on the public health system.
Argentina has confirmed more than 80,000 coronavirus cases and over 1,582. In comparison to it's smaller neighbour Chile that has registered some 300,000 cases and more than 6,400 deaths.
Argentines still have ten more days of strict quarantine to endure, with measures put in place such as citizens holding transit papers whilst out of their homes to ensure only the most essential movement in the capital of Buenos Aires.
(Production: Horacio Soria, Miguel Lo Bianco, Juan Bustamante, Paul Vieira)
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