The Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, extended the movement restrictions in the different provinces of the country, to contain the pandemic of COVID-19 for a period of 14 days, until next November 8.
Fernández, in a conference in the province of Misiones (north), stressed that they decided to “concentrate the effort” in a series of provinces that represent “55% of the infections that the country has”, in addition to the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, formed by the capital and its wide urban cordon, where there has been a sustained decrease in cases in recent weeks.
Argentina reached this week million cases of coronavirus and it is the fifth country in the world with the most infections detected, since so far it accumulates 1,053,650 confirmed positives.
On Thursday, there were 16,325 new infections and 438 fatalities that bring the total number of deaths to 27,957 people, while 4,611 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care beds in hospitals in the southern country.
Due to the situation, cities of up to 16 Argentine administrative jurisdictions will be under the modality of Preventive and Mandatory Social Isolation, a state that as specified by the Government in a statement “is not ‘phase 1′”, the phase with which the mandatory quarantine began last March.
The president referred to the provinces of Santa Fe (center), Córdoba (center), San Luis (north), Mendoza (west), Neuquén (south), Río Negro (south) and Tucumán (north) when speaking about which parts of the country are the most worrying in terms of a stage in which it indicates that there is “spread” of the virus throughout the country, contrary to the first months of pandemic, when the AMBA had the vast majority of cases.
“We feel that we are stabilizing at a plateau of 15,000 daily cases”; stressed the president, who warned that “the virus is far from gone.” For Fernández, the regrowth that is being seen in Europe is overwhelming proof “that the health crisis is still active.
The Argentine president stressed that in Argentina “There are specific places in all the provinces” in which “the level of saturation” of the hospital system is close, and in that section he referred to Neuquén, General Roca (Río Negro), Río Cuarto and Villa María (Córdoba), Mendoza and its metropolitan area.
Another eight provinces will remain at a level of restrictions less strict, the so-called “Social, preventive and compulsory distancing”.
Of course, he asked those over 65 to “try to stay as much as possible in their homes” andextreme care to the rest of the population, as stressed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Tourism and vacations
The time of the Summer Vacation It is close in Argentina, since the traditional thing is that they begin after the Christmas celebrations and last until the end of February, and at present different provinces are studying protocols so that Argentines can travel to tourist locations despite COVID-19.
Last week, the Government enabled the domestic flights, which were not active since March, and although for now they will be only for the use of essential workers from the Executive, they did not rule out that trips for tourist reasons be resumed in the coming months.
“We all want there to be summer, but for there to be a summer it is very important that we take care of ourselves today,” he said. Alberto Fernandez from Misiones, a place where one of the main tourist destinations in Argentina is located, the Iguazú Falls.