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Sat Mar 7, 2020, 07:14 PM

Coronavirus claims first Latin American life: 65 year-old man from Argentina dies

Argentine health authorities report that a 65 year-old man, a resident of Buenos Aires, died today as a result of coronavirus.

The victim, Guillermo Gómez, reportedly contracted the virus during a recent visit to France, from where he returned on February 25. The man suffered from poor health - including diabetes, hypertension, chronic bronchitis, and kidney failure.

Hospital sources state he first reported a high fever and flu-like symptoms on February 28, and was taken to Argerich Hospital, in the city's working-class southside, for treatment on March 5.

He thus becomes Latin America's first victim of the viral epidemic that originated in Wuhan, China - but which has since spread to over 100 countries.

A total of 8 cases have been reported in Argentina - all from individuals who had recently traveled to Italy, France, and/or Spain. The remaining cases are under hospital treatment, and are expected to recover.

Some 57 cases have been reported in nine Latin American nations as of March 7.

Argentine Health Minister Ginés González García ordered epidemic control protocols at Pistarini International Airport - the main point of entry for air-bound travel into Argentina - on January 31 for flights originating in China, and these protocols were extended to flight from Italy on February 25.

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.telam.com.ar%2Fnotas%2F202003%2F438627-coronavirus-argentina-primer-caso-muerte.html

Ambulance staff and onlookers are seen outside Buenos Aires' Argerich Hospital, where a 65 year-old diabetic man became the first Latin American victim of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

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sandensea Mar 2020 OP
htuttle Mar 2020 #1
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Judi Lynn Mar 2020 #4
sandensea Mar 2020 #5
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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 07:15 PM

1. Guess it doesn't just go away in the summertime

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Response to htuttle (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 07:23 PM

2. Possibly - although he contracted it during a recent visit to France.

Many Argentines travel to Europe to visit relatives and/or the 'old country' (typically Italy or Spain) during the Southern Hemisphere summer months.

It was feared that a number of them could bring the bug back - given how widespread the problem has become in Italy in particular.

God speed to Mr. Gómez. He was, as noted, a very ill man to begin with.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 09:55 PM

4. Wondering that even before he received the last blow, he may have suspected it was his last trip,

thinking he was near the end of his life.

What a shame the progress made in technology has also made it possible to amplify the effects of deadly diseases. It's doubtful Wilbur Wright foresaw problems like weaponizing Corona Virus, and the use of airplanes to drop ultra-violent deadly bombs. I would hope he would have decided to get a different hobby!

Rest in peace to Mr. Gómez.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 8, 2020, 12:18 AM

5. You're probably right, Judi.

How sad for him - and for his widow, whom I understand is now in observation.

That said, can you imagine if Signore Macri were still in office?

Since January, they've been finding shipping containers and storage units full of boxes of medicine and medical supplies - left to rot because Macri wouldn't spend the money to distribute them.

What could be recovered is now being distributed as fast as possible, And not a moment too soon: hospitals and clinics are reportedly seeing an influx of people with flus or colds - but who demand testing out of fear it might be Covid.

Health Ministry staff in a customs warehouse full of vaccines. They were almost expired when found, and are being distributed.

PAMI (Argentine Medicare) Director Luana Volnovich inspects abandoned medical supplies.

These boxes were part of the REMEDIAR free/subsidized medicine program, and have been sitting in a warehouse since 2017 at least - when Macri discontinued the program.

REMEDIAR was relaunched last week.

Mobile clinics, in semi-trailers, for use in remote areas (photo from 2015). The program was defunded, and many were abandoned in a Health Ministry lot - but they're now being put back in action.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 8, 2020, 01:45 AM

6. OMG. Shocking! Thank goodness some of it is still usable, and the "Remediar" program is back.

Macri ended the program and essentially threw away all the drugs which were meant to help people who needed them.

He probably pocketed the money which would have been used for distribution.

I do hope this discovery is going to get ample coverage by the news media, including Clarín. What are the chances? People need to know what evil was being dealt them by their recently departed President who left without even a slap on the hands for his crimes.

Once the people are fully informed what has happened, they shouldn't forget how close they came to total collapse and chaos.

Thanks for this information. We won't be hearing it from our own corporate "news" media.

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Sat Mar 7, 2020, 09:36 PM

3. Argentina announces first coronavirus death in Latin America

Updated 6:39 pm CST, Saturday, March 7, 2020

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A 64-year-old man died in Argentina as a result of the new coronavirus, the first such death in Latin America, health authorities announced Saturday.

The Ministry of Health said the patient lived in Buenos Aires and had been confirmed with COVID-19 after coming down with a cough, fever and sore throat following a recent trip to Europe.

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Elsewhere in the region, officials in Peru announced five new cases of COVID-19 infection Saturday, raising the country's total to six. Paraguay reported its first case, and Chile said it now had seven confirmed cases, up from five.

Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica also have reported confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.


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