The highest influx of tourists and the record of new positives of coronavirus on the coast were crossed just in these New Year holidays, which with its meetings and celebrations still promise a start to January with greater complications in the rhythm of contagions, which worries about volume, but still maintains tranquility among the health authorities because it did not alter the demand for hospitalizations.
And on top of that, rain. 2022 started between repeated showers, ideal to continue at home after nights that returned images of a certain normality to dinners and celebrations, both in private homes and in restaurants, hotels and inns, which after two years had full tables again , as in old pre-pandemic times.
It was not until late in the afternoon, between dark clouds and threats of more showers, the sun made a small place from time to time and encouraged tourists to step on the sand long after lunch.
The panorama was almost a copy in all the resorts of the Atlantic coast, which had been prepared for this weekend as a trigger for a high and sustained tourist influx at least until the end of this month, in several towns with almost complete occupation. Much better conditions presented this first morning, with electronic parties on crowded beaches and clubs. From those elbow to elbow dances this pandemic feeds.
The novelty of the last hours were the first cancellations of reservations that had been taken well in advance. The operators confirm that some customers give up because they are infected, have relatives affected by Covid-19 and must isolate themselves or, in the face of a scenario that was complicated by a very high circulation of the virus throughout the country, they resolved to take a break and wait for better moments in a summer that is just beginning. At the same time other orders arrive that cover those places. “There is no alarm because the occupation, at least for now, does not suffer,” sources from the hotel sector assured
Mar del Plata is the sample of the extreme that is traveled . In the last hours of 2021, the municipality confirmed 1042 new positives for coronavirus, more than double the daily maximum that had been registered during the first year and a half of the pandemic and 45 times more than the infections confirmed on the first day of December that left. . When it was believed that everything had passed, what was once a wave suddenly became a tsunami. Which is also alive and does not stop growing.
“We came early today [for yesterday] because we knew it would be quieter because everyone rests and the young people sleep,” said Elías, from the Federal Capital, who has been here with his family for five days and was waiting for a swab at the Centro de Outpatient Medical Specialties (CEMA), after recent contact with local relatives who tested positive. “The idea is to confirm or rule out so as not to affect anyone else,” he explained.
Testing has been almost a national sport for days. Here alone there are nine public centers. In Playa Grande, for example, there was up to 600 meters of queue and four hours of waiting. There were private laboratories that, at a cost of almost $ 3,000, ran out of tests in the face of an unprecedented demand and a peak positivity rate: almost 50% of those who faced the discomfort of the swab in the nose and / or throat had Covid-19.
Those cares that were lost, meetings that multiplied throughout the month to say goodbye to the year and parties and clubs that move tens of thousands of young people every day feed this machinery that spreads the virus at an exponential rate, without limits in geography. The good news : there is almost no demand for intensive therapy due to Covid-19 pictures . In Mar del Plata, with almost a million inhabitants, there are two occupied beds in this sector and a single patient connected to a mechanical respirator. In October 2020, the worst moment, more than 120 were covered.
Here, and it is valid for the entire tourist coastline, everything is prepared so that for the next few weeks you will live with these or worse scenarios. The sanitaristas have already given reassurance that, although contagions grow, it is difficult for the response capacity of hospitals and clinics to be complicated.
Now it remains to be seen if, as required by the provincial government since the 21st and the national government has been doing since this Saturday, the obligation to present a health pass to enter public buildings and certain indoor or outdoor but massive activities influences so that the growth curve is stop your hypervertical projection soon. At the moment there is no brake. Neither will to return to care so that the results improve.