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An advisor to Axel Kicillof acknowledged that implementing a health curfew is being analyzed to stop the outbreak of coronavirus

Agglomeration of people on the beaches of Pinamar.  Today the Buenos Aires police had to act (Diego Medina)
Agglomeration of people on the beaches of Pinamar. Today the Buenos Aires police had to act (Diego Medina)

In tune with the president’s concern Alberto Fernandez To find a solution to the reappearance of coronavirus cases, the Ministry of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires is analyzing a series of measures to flatten the contagion curve but without interrupting the summer season. This was stated by the head of advisers of the Buenos Aires portfolio, Enio Jose Garcia, for whom “sanitary curfew may be an option”.

“We are seeing that the cases grow very quickly. Not like in the first part of the pandemic, in autumn and winter, when we had the circulation of people practically cut off, to 20 percent, and the cases were growing slowly and we had time to prepare the beds. Now, unrestricted, the thing kind of got out of hand. Obviously the mobility of the people increased a lot and the Holidays clearly do not collaborate. People meet and it is very difficult to maintain the guidelines of care. So, yes, we may be able to call that a regrowth at this point, and there is going to be no other option but to take some restrictive measures.”Explained García, in dialogue with radio La Once Diez.

In that sense, he pointed out that “a set of measures” is being considered, but highlighted one above the others: “There is a lot of talk about that sanitary curfew… It could be an option. The truth is that it is a card within the deck. But it should not be the only one (measure), we must see how to do with the issue of the coast. You don’t want the season to be canceled, but you have to take some measures to reduce infections ”.

The government advisor to Axel Kicillof acknowledged that it is an “unpleasant measure” but said that “there is no other” given the current epidemiological situation: “Obviously we want tourism to continue and we know the importance of this activity, fundamentally for the coastal municipalities, but there will be no tourism if there is an uncontrollable outbreak or if the health system cannot respond. So we have to put together the worst of both worlds: the health chaos and the lack of tourism, because I imagine that a family that is preparing a few days off will not want to go to a place if they know that the risk of contagion is high ” .

Regarding the implementation of the measure, he indicated: “The World Health Organization is recommending it because there is a general analysis that infections are linked to young people, who return to their family circle and end up also infecting people greater. That is the great difficulty. If that measure is taken It is necessary to see how to do so that it does not generate violent situations, ask for the collaboration between the sectors that work with the night to help and understand that the activity would not be cut off, but that they could continue to function but within a shorter period of time ”.

In the Buenos Aires government, they seek solutions to the large agglomerations of young people on the beaches of the Coast.  This is how Mar del Plata looked this weekend (Christian Heit)
In the Buenos Aires government, they seek solutions to the large agglomerations of young people on the beaches of the Coast. This is how Mar del Plata looked this weekend (Christian Heit)

García’s statements take place on the close of the first long weekend of the year, in which they were observed large concentrations of adolescents and young people on the beaches of the coast. In Pinamar, for example, agents of the Buenos Aires Tactical Operations Unit had to disperse tourists who even improvised parties meters from the sea.

Alberto Fernandez He acknowledged that the alarms were lit by the epidemiological situation, added to the relaxation of the prevention measures adopted by a large part of the population. “We are all worried. The idea is to find a solution to the reappearance of cases”Said the President in Chapadmalal, where he spent the Fiestas. He then met with Axel Kicillof and with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, with the aim of analyzing the re-outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the AMBA.

“We believe that with the summer season and the increase in temperature, the cases were going to drop, and in fact they dropped a lot, we had 1,300 cases per day in the Province and they were going down very strongly, but care and maintenance could not be maintained. It seems to me that there, back, we have to play with the responsibility of the State and avoid the greater evil”Garcia explained.

Also, the Buenos Aires Vice Minister of Health, Nicolas Kreplak, said the curfew “is within the agenda of things that have been analyzed” but the decision to implement it has not yet been made. “You have to see if it is done after 12 at night or at what time it corresponds. It seems to me that we have to evaluate everything. I cannot say if we are going to make the decision this week or not, but I can say that there is an agenda with many meetings and health secretaries to analyze the situation, what is happening, and at the same time monitor the vaccination campaign “, the official explained.

The Buenos Aires Deputy Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, said that the curfew "is in the agenda" who manages the portfolio to flatten the conagios curve (@SaludBAP)
The Buenos Aires Deputy Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, said that the curfew “is on the agenda” that the portfolio manages to flatten the conagios curve (@SaludBAP)

This Sunday, 5,884 new cases of COVID-19 and 107 new deaths were confirmed. The total occupancy percentage of intensive care beds in the AMBA is 56.8 percent.

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