The province of Buenos Aires analyzes a pool of restrictions to avoid stopping the outbreak of COVID-19 in the district. It will focus on transport, nightlife and holidays on the Coast (Photo: REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian)
The head of advisers of the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health Enio García revealed this Sunday that the province of Buenos Aires is analyzing implementing “a pool of restrictions“To put a curb coronavirus infections, which increased exponentially in the district in December. This Monday at noon the committee of experts will meet with the governor Axel Kicillof to present you with reports and possible solutions.
“We will have no other option than to make a pool of restrictions, otherwise, it will not work ”, recognized the Public Health expert in dialogue with radio Rivadavia. And he warned about a “relaxation” in the population that worries the authorities. That detente, as he maintained, would have to do with the fact that “all restrictions have been removed” and “the arrival of the vaccine,” which had generated “a feeling of very low risk”.
Around the versions about the start-up of a Night “curfew”. García explained: “Some countries in the world are implementing it and WHO recommends restricting hours, which affects the issue of bars, but you have to be careful because can lead to clandestine parties”. Over the weekend, word had circulated that in the coming weeks limit circulation from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m..
Likewise, the epidemiologist announced that they will seek regulate the movement of people. And specified that they could do it from a higher control in public transport. “At the beginning of the quarantine, normal circulation was at 20% and now it is at 90. We know that we cannot get back to that mobility of 20, but if we go down from 90 it will have an impact on the curve of contagion ”, he stressed.
Another critical point that the Province is analyzing are the tourist trips to the Atlantic Coast. García admitted that they are looking for a way “to be a little more punctilious about that.” And he noted that “Mar del Plata is just one of the places where cases have been rising strongly”.
In turn, he recalled that “within the Province the The sanitary structure does not have the size of the AMBA ”. And he added: “As you move away from the City of Buenos Aires, the health system becomes weaker.” For this reason, he called “take strong care of the interior and the coast”.
They don’t face a simple challenge, Garcia warned. “I don’t think there is a solution, a restriction, is a set of measures that are taken. They all have their holes, but between a set of measures we managed to lower the curve ”, he indicated and recalled that this was what was done in winter, which was“ the worst season ”.
Finally, the epidemiologist recognized that “the return of cases was very fast” and that “it will be difficult to control them again “, but he was hopeful that what is done “is going to have an impact.”
García recalled the contest between the City and the Province for the openings in the AMBA, in which the Buenos Aires authorities always asked for more authorizations than the Buenos Aires authorities. In this sense, he specified that the territory commanded by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta “appealed to individual responsibility “. And he highlighted: “The issue is that it is a mixture of actions, there are people who continue to take care of themselves but removing all the restrictions generated a feeling of very low risk and people relaxed a lot”.
Last Thursday, the president Alberto Fernandez, after meeting with Kicillof and Larreta, he warned that the Government is evaluating that the security forces take to the streets “To dissipate people” in the face of the increase in coronavirus infections and anticipated that they will do a “weekly monitoring” of the panorama. In dialogue with Radio 10, reported that this week he will meet again with the Buenos Aires Governor and the Buenos Aires head of government to analyze the situation and evaluate possible measures to take.
In any case, the president ruled out the possibility of applying a curfew because he considered that “it is something dense for Argentina”, although he spoke of a “sanitary touch” that, he said, “served in some provinces.”
“Just having officers of the security forces walking through the squares or seeing where there are crowds of people and saying ‘circulate, circulate’, that’s enough. The ‘sanitary touch’ is that, after a certain hour, you cannot circulate on the street and that, if the security forces see you walking down the street, they will grab you and take you home, “he explained.
The increase in cases that worries the Government
After interrupting the issuance of the reports during December 31 and January 1, the Ministry of Health reported this Saturday 20,906 new cases and 212 deaths from coronavirus in the last 72 hours in Argentina. In the evening report, it was detailed that those infected throughout the country are 1,634,834, and the fatal victims, 43,375. Meanwhile, there are 1,447,092 discharged patients.
In the last 24 hoursAccording to government data, there were 5,240 new cases and 56 deaths: 33 men and 23 women. Between December 31 and January 1Meanwhile, 15,666 infections and 156 deaths were reported.
This Sunday, given the increase in cases of coronavirus in the young, Fernández made a “call for reflection” and stated: “Let us bear in mind that the pandemic did not end, we can not play with fire, the virus is circulating ”. He warned that this age group of people is what “More is neglected” Faced with COVID-19, he demanded that contagion prevention measures be maintained and recalled that despite the application of the first vaccines against the disease “the pandemic did not end.”