Argentina should improve contact tracing to contain COVID-19: WHO regional office

Argentina should improve contact tracing to contain COVID-19: WHO regional office

Argentina should improve testing and contact tracing to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization's regional office for the Americas suggested on Wednesday.

"Argentina took good measures. It was one of the first countries to implement measures, to implement quarantines, and it took measures for the benefit of the population," said Marcos Espinal, director of the PAHO's Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis, during a videoconference.

While acknowledging the country's swift action, he pointed out that contact tracing system has been "the most difficult thing for Argentina," mainly in Greater Buenos Aires.

"Perhaps that can be improved there," he said.

"Argentina is doing everything possible. We have no doubt that there will come a time when the curve will be flattened, if we continue to apply the measures that are recommended," he said.

This week, the country introduced the "Strategic Coronavirus Testing Mechanism in Argentina" for areas outside the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, given the increase in COVID-19 cases in the interior of the country.

The program aims to intensify support for the interior provinces by sending work teams and health supplies that will enable the expansion of field-testing capabilities.

As of Wednesday, Argentina has reported 840,915 cases with 22,226 deaths from COVID-19. Enditem

www.prensa.cancilleria.gob.ar es un sitio web oficial del Gobierno Argentino