Buenos Aires opens all data on the management of the pandemic

Tuesday 30 March 2021

As part of the city's Switch-on Plan, the government is publishing all its data on the epidemiological situation, health and territorial management, mobility and public space. They are available now at www.buenosaires.gob.ar/coronavirus/datos

The Buenos Aires city government today opened up all its data on the epidemiological situation, health and territorial management, mobility and public space during the pandemic. A total of 27 datasets have now been added to the existing epidemiological reports of the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health that are used to measure the evolution of the pandemic and are instrumental in better decision-making. The information is available at www.buenosaires.gob.ar/coronavirus/datos and will be updated daily.

The site integrates different indicators and includes data related to the actions of prevention, detection, referral, monitoring and isolation of cases; the evolution of the use of public and private transport and the transformation of public space based on the measures taken. The information, published in open data format, follows the recommendations and good practices of the Alliance for Open Government, an organization that Buenos Aires has been part of since 2016, as well as the models used by the cities of Los Angeles, Berlin and London. In addition, it is one of the first sites in the region that adds indicators on health management, mobility and public space to the epidemiological data.

“We are opening all the information we use in the government to make decisions, making visible the fundamentals that guide our policies and allowing for everyone to follow the evolution of the pandemic. We trust that the more information citizens have, the more freedom and responsibility they can make choices with”, said Fernando Straface, Secretary General and Secretary for International Relations.

"One of the great challenges in contexts such as the one we are experiencing is getting processed information in real time such to allow better decision-making. We have achieved this by developing different data boards housed in Monitoring Centers that function as a support to the health system. There we monitor the progress of the pandemic and all related government actions. From today onwards, all that information is available in one place that is dynamic and open”, explained Fernando Benegas, Secretary of Innovation and Digital Transformation.

Regarding the epidemiological situation, the site compiles the epidemiological reports sent daily by the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health. The portal allows access to daily cases and accumulated cases, confirmed cases by date of swab and age group, confirmed and deceased cases by sex; occupation of beds in the public health system, swabs, tests on health workers and staff, and active search for suspected cases by neighborhood.

In terms of health and territorial management, it shows the detection, isolation and prevention strategy that the Buenos Aires government deploys throughout the city. It opens data on care in Febrile Emergency Units, out-of-hospital isolation, the "Mayores Cuidados" and other volunteering plans, the flu vaccination campaign, case detection through ‘Boti’, and the 147 and 107 telephone hotlines, UFU and DetectAR plans. Additionally, Buenos Aires’ government has already deployed 25 DetectAR Operations to date in different neighborhoods and will continue its extension according to the evolution of infections.

Since the pandemic began, more than 22,000 people -including repatriated citizens, mildly symptomatic patients and isolated suspected cases awaiting test results- have been accommodated in 50 hotels following the protocols of the Ministry of Health of the City. Here the site also shows that most of the returnees came from the United States, Brazil and Spain.

Lastly, with regards to mobility and public space, the site offers daily information on the number of trips in public and private transport in the city and allows comparisons of current trips with the values ??prior to the quarantine measures. It shows that to date the use of the Subway fell 94% compared to before the pandemic, while train and bus use fell 65% and 25% respectively.