Argentina's seven bases in Antarctica have joined the National Health Surveillance System (SNVS), a joint initiative between the Ministries of Health and Defense to improve the capacity for early detection and effective and timely response to public health risks, it was reported.
Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta Thursday ordered all health care facilities regardless of whether public or private to cancel every non-urgent surgical procedure or treatment scheduled for the coming days to make room for the increasing number of covid-19 patients who need hospitalization, it was announced.
In Uruguay, 35.6% of operational intensive care beds (ICBs) are occupied by Covid-19 patients, reported the Uruguayan Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SUMI). Medical specialists warn that this is a limit that could lead to problems in the functioning of the ICBs.
Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the largest grain producer in the country, announced on Sunday that its hospital network has begun to collapse, as there is a lack of intensive care beds due to the increasing number of patients suffering from COVID-19.
More than one million people have died from COVID-19 in North and South America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported. Last week two million more cases were reported in the Americas, with the United States the main driver of the outbreak.
The Falkland Islands Government has offered an update of Covid-19 swabbing results as of Tuesday 26 January, indicating that of 6,685 processed tests, seven are currently positive, completing quarantine, but none of them has required hospital admission.
Health services are being disrupted in countries of the Americas as health workers are redirected to care for COVID-19 patients, people hesitate to seek routine care due to fears of infection, and global supply chains of medicines and equipment are strained said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
More than a thousand swabs have now been taken in the Falkland Islands for COVID-19. To date, 1027 tests have been processed, of which 600 have been carried out in the Islands using Stanley's hospital, KEMH, and its new PCR analyser. It has been more than 50 days since the last positive test for COVID-19 in the Falklands.
Chile's healthcare system is under strain and very close to the limit, President Sebastian Piñera admitted on Sunday, as the number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections approaches 70,000 after a rapid increase in recent days.
Peru has become the second Latin American country after Brazil to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases, according to Health Ministry figures out on Wednesday. The number of dead from Covid-19 has also passed 3,000, with only Brazil and Mexico have suffered more. Both cases and deaths have tripled since April 30.