With almost 15 thousand new confirmed cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, Argentina it overtook Colombia and became the fifth country in the world with the most infected by the disease.
According to a survey carried out by Johns Hopkins University, Argentina now has 931,967 cases of the disease, against 930,159 registered by Colombia since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since yesterday, more than 350 people have died in Argentina after being infected by the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 24,922, the 12th highest number worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins.
In a bulletin released late on Wednesday night, the Argentine government reported that 4,316 people were still in intensive care units (ICU). Bed occupancy at the national level reached 64.1%.
After successfully managing to contain covid-19 in the early months of the pandemic, Argentina saw cases soar from July, when the virus, hitherto concentrated in the metropolitan region of Buenos Aires, began to spread throughout the interior of the country.
The quarantine decreed since March to try to contain the disease has aggravated the crisis faced by the country since 2018. In the World Economic Panorama (WEO) report, presented this week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that Argentine GDP will decline 11.8% this year, the third worst performance in South America, behind only Peru (-13.9%) and Venezuela (-25%).
IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva said that Argentina faces “dramatic challenges” and needs a credible agenda to overcome the crisis. “The country is in a deep recession, social conditions are worsening, economic imbalances are widening and the distance between the official exchange rate and the parallel exchange rate is growing,” she said at a news conference yesterday.