Argentina: Hospitals worried about reaching limits of COVID-19 case capacity

The increase in the number of cases of coronavirus is generating growing concerns in Argentine hospitals that fear they will not have the capacity to treat all patients before the country reaches the peak of the COVID-19 infection curve. COVID-19 patients and the health workers treating them could be seen at Posadas Hospital, a health centre responsible for seven million people in Buenos Aires province, on Tuesday. «There is an increase in consultations, an increase in serious cases, we don't know if we are at the peak [of infections] or not, because we will know once it has passed, but the increase in cases continues and we feel, at times, that we are reaching the limit,» said Dario Dernan Biensoba, an emergency physician at Posadas Hospital. Another concern for health workers is the risk of contagion. Nearly 900 workers at Posadas Hospital are in isolation because of the disease, and 8 percent of the country's health workers have reportedly contracted the coronavirus. «My life has changed a lot, and my concerns have grown a lot basically in what has to do with contagion of loved ones,» explained Marcos Hermida, an obstetrician at the hospital. The Posadas hospital is the largest health centre in Argentina, spanning 22,000 square metres (22,000 square feet), with around 5,000 health workers on staff. To date, Argentina has recorded 103,265 cases of COVID-19 and 1,926 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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