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 アルゼンチンのブタインフルエンザによる死亡者数は増加し続けており、フェルナンデス大統領は公的集合施設の閉鎖もあり得ると述べた。
 新保健大臣は金曜日に44人が死亡し2,800人が確認されたと言ったが、1週間前は26人/1,587人であったので急増した。南米では冬のインフルエンザ季節が始まり、アルゼンチンでは最も多い死者が出ている。ブエノスアイレス州保健大臣は、1.6%の死亡率は世界平均の3倍以上であると金曜日に言った。死亡者数が今週カナダを越えてメキシコ・米国についで世界で3番目となった。現在、ブタインフルエンザが10万人、他のインフルエンザが32万人感染したと推定している。
 検査ができるのはたった一つの研究所のみであり確認が遅れている。大統領は映画館やディスコなどの閉鎖の可能性に言及した。先週日曜日の上下院の中間選挙の前に非常事態宣言をすべきであったという関係者もいる。夫であるキルチネル前大統領の与党連合が大敗して2011年の大統領選挙への展望が怪しくなってきた。
 前保健大臣が非常事態宣言と選挙の延期を勧めたが却下されたという。フェルナンデス大統領は全国規模の非常事態宣言は抵抗したが、ブエノスアイレス市と州は、当局に予算の使用権限と近くの学校や公共の場への行動の制限を実行する権限をあたえる健康緊急事態を宣言した。しかし、多数が集まる公共施設は閉鎖されず、ブエノスアイレスで、日曜日の選手権サッカーの試合のための3,500枚の切符を購入するために人々は、金曜日に長蛇の列で待っていた。試合は、48,000座席のスタジアムで開催予定である。
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Swine Flu Death Toll in Argentina Climbs
By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
Published: July 3, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/04/world/americas/04argentina.html

画像President Cristina Ferna'ndez de Kirchner with Dr. Juan Manzur, right, the health minister, at a hospital in Buenos Aires.
Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO ― The death toll from swine flu in Argentina continued to rise as President Cristina Ferna'ndez de Kirchner said she would not rule out closing major public venues where the virus could spread more quickly.
Dr. Juan Manzur, the new health minister, said Friday that 44 people had died from swine flu and that the country had 2,800 confirmed flu cases. The numbers reflected a sharp increase compared with a week earlier, when there were 26 deaths and 1,587 cases.

Swine flu has killed more people in Argentina than in any other country in South America, where the winter flu season is just beginning. The death rate of 1.6 percent is more than three times the world average, Claudio Zin, the health minister of Buenos Aires Province, said Friday.

Argentina passed Canada this week as the country with the third-highest death toll from the flu, but it remains behind Mexico and the United States. Dr. Manzur said that officials now suspect that there are 100,000 cases of swine flu in the country, compared with 320,000 cases of other types of flu.

The government has been slow in confirming cases, doctors said, because it only has one state laboratory doing the testing.

Mrs. Kirchner tried Friday to calm an anxious public but did not discount the possibility that officials would close movie theaters, discos and other public places to try to contain the flu’s spread.

“We cannot rule out anything,” she said. “Measures will be taken as they are deemed necessary.”

Argentina was ill-prepared for the global swine flu pandemic, and some private health officials have said that Mrs. Kirchner’s government should have declared a state of emergency before national congressional elections last Sunday.

That would probably have entailed delaying the elections, which Mrs. Kirchner had moved up by four months in a bid to increase the chances that her husband, former President Ne'stor Kirchner, could prevail in his race for Congress. He failed to come in first, hurting the couple’s chances that one of them could win the presidency in 2011.

Several doctors, including some who were advising the health ministry, have said that Graciela Ocan~a, the former health minister, had recommended calling a national state of emergency and delaying the elections, but was overruled. Ms. Ocan~a resigned Monday and has yet to discuss the issue publicly.

Some private doctors said declaring a national state of emergency would allow the health authorities to put together a coordinated plan to contain the spread of swine flu as Mexico did.

Mrs. Kirchner has resisted making a national declaration, but the city and province of Buenos Aires have declared health emergencies to give officials greater access to funds and free rein to close schools and other public places.

Even as some officials are closing schools and extending winter vacations to keep young people isolated and indoors, huge public gatherings continue to be held.

In Buenos Aires, people waited in long lines on Friday to purchase 3,500 available tickets for a championship soccer match on Sunday. The match is scheduled to be played in a packed 48,000-seat stadium.

Several media outlets reported that two more people died Friday, identified only as young adults in the city of Rosario, increasing the unofficial total to 46. Dr. Manzur said more deaths than the 44 confirmed were being studied to see if they were caused by swine flu.

The outbreak is expected to cost the economy up to $2.9 billion this year, deepening an economic contraction to 3 percent from 2.2 percent, according to estimates by economists at HSBC bank in Buenos Aires.

Charles Newbery contributed reporting from Buenos Aires.

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