“We have to tell people that if it is close contact and it does not have symptoms, it is not necessary to be tested“Said the Minister of Health Carla vizzotti, after the ANMAT authorized the rapid diagnostic tests for Covid-19 and while the number of coronavirus cases continues to break records in Argentina.
Although they do not have symptoms – clarified the minister in Two Voices for TN– whoever even close contact should be insulated five days if they are vaccinated and 7 days if not.
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The Ministry of Health reported this Wednesday 95,159 new infections and 52 deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which are added to the 117,346 fatalities totals since the start of the pandemic. The cases assets, meanwhile, add 407,825.
“A new variant emerged, with extraordinary transmissibility and with a much lower severity of the disease,” said Vizzotti. Although he clarified that the “increase in cases does not translate to hospitalizations and deaths “, the situation yes”it puts a lot of strain on the testing system in all the country”.
“It is difficult, to a tired society, change the recommendations, go from telling him that he has to test everything he can to telling him that he does not need to be tested. The challenge is to be able to transmit this ”, added the minister.
Carla Vizzotti gave details about the COVID-19 self-tests
The Minister of Health also referred to the rapid diagnostic tests for Covid-19 that the ANMAT authorized this Wednesday.
“The idea is that pharmacies dispense this self-test, explain them to people and that they are responsible together with the person who performs the self-test of your notification in the SISA (Integrated Argentine Health Information System) with an app or a barcode, “said Vizzotti.
“The private sector the same: if you decide to have the self-test to do it to your employees and to prevent an asymptomatic positive from going to work and generating an outbreak, they must also notify SISA ”, he added.
Through a statement, the Health Ministry said this afternoon that the national regulatory agency endorsed the self-diagnostic tests: Panbio COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test (Abbott), SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self Test Nasal (Roche), SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test (COVID-19 Ag) (Vyam Group), WL Check SARS-CoV-2 Ag Self Testing (Wiener lab).
The minister anticipated that people who decide to acquire the rapid test they will have to pay it. “This self-care situation, if someone wants to take the test to go to a meeting or visit someone at risk, It is an individual decision and it is paid”, He warned.