Concerned about the unstoppable rise in coronavirus infections registered in recent days and one day after the meeting of the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, with the mayors, The Government confirmed that it will restrict night traffic “uniformly” throughout the country, between 11 pm and 6 am, and that the measure will be published in the Official Gazette and will rule from tomorrow.
“There was agreement on the need to restrict circulation at night, the measures will be in place this afternoon, they are already defined, they are being drafted,” said the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, from Malbrán during a press conference in which he was accompanied by the Minister of Health of the Nation, Ginés González García.
There was agreement on the need to restrict circulation at night, the measures will be in place this afternoon
Santiago Cafiero, Chief of Staff
How the measure was created
As he could know THE NATION, the President brought this proposal as a way to stop a situation that he described several times as “complicated.” Fernández gave as an example the “sanitary touches” implemented in other countries, especially in Europe, to try to stop the advances of the virus. A similar proposal had been brought by Kicillof to the mayors on Tuesday, before receiving the rejection of the communal heads of Pinamar, Martin Yeza, and Mar del Plata, Guillermo Montenegro, among others. “We are already in the second wave”, Kicillof said, in support of the presidential position and in accordance with the limitation to the circulation of people, in an attempt to stop the infections, which yesterday exceeded 13,000 infected.
The governors of Chaco and La Pampa favored tougher measures, such as a total curfew.
According to official sources, the President and the ministers who accompanied him proposed other measures, how to “limit” trips abroad and demand the PCR test to those who arrive by air to a province. Also limit the number of people in meetings to ten and again restrict the use of public transport to essential workers.
All this, the Government will try to carry it out “without stopping the economy, frustrating vacations or activity in tourist places,” 50 stated from Balcarce.
Support for proposals
According to the Government, the provincial leaders “supported the proposals.” By late afternoon, a draft was already beginning to circulate among the provincial leaders. The only dissonant voice according to witnesses was that of the radical governor of Mendoza, Rodolfo Suárez, reluctant to go back with the authorization of activities.
The head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, was in favor of closing shops at night, but considered that it was not the time to restrict circulation. The City is inclined to continue monitoring the evolution of the cases and to recover “social responsibility”
“We will accompany if it is decided to return to the restrictions,” said the Peronist governor of Catamarca, Raúl Jalil. “The situation is very ugly, the young begin to get infected, then the parents and then the grandparents,” commented another provincial leader who decided to support the return of mobility limitations. “If we have to take measures that are uniform in nature,” added La Rioja Governor Ricardo Quintela. Seventy-five minutes later than planned, Fernández had started the meeting, in which he was accompanied in person by the chief of staff, Santiago Cafiero; the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro; the Secretary for Access to Health, Carla Vizzotti, and the Secretary General of the Presidency, Julio Vitobello. A while later, the Minister of Health, Ginés González García, would join.
It was heard by 20 governors (including the head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who tested positive for coronavirus) and four deputy governors: those of Chubut, Ricardo Sastre; San Juan, Roberto Gattoni; Santa Cruz, Eugenio Quiroga, and Tierra del Fuego, Mónica Urquiza. “The problem is clearly circulation, that’s why the idea of going back to restrictions. The idea is that the system does not collapse “, They answered on Wednesday afternoon near the President. And they aimed to achieve “consensus in all the districts” so that the limitations are adopted at the same times.
Fernández had already proposed his idea of ”sanitary touches” or time limitations to circulation in his meeting with Kicillof and Rodríguez Larreta. On Monday, the president insisted on the idea and asked the young people – whom he syndicated as the majority in accounting for infections – not to “play with fire.” Kicillof officials, such as the Deputy Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, had reiterated their position in favor of taking “strong measures” to curb infections, although no definitions emerged from the meeting of the governor with the mayors of the municipalities. Regardless of the decision to restrict circulation again, the government insist that “the light at the end of the tunnel” that promotes vaccination is still in force.
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