Coronavirus: the meeting between Kicillof and the mayors began to analyze new sanitary measures

The governor of Buenos Aires is concerned because every day the cases of coronavirus increase (Mariano Sanda)
The governor of Buenos Aires is concerned because every day the cases of coronavirus increase (Mariano Sanda)

The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, meets with the mayors of the municipalities of the Coast to evaluate and begin to define what restrictive measures can be taken to prevent coronavirus cases from continuing to grow. The concern is installed in the Buenos Aires government and increases along with the infections. The regrowth seems to be a fact that is becoming visible in the summer season.

The meeting, which had originally been announced for noon, began at 10:30 in San Bernardo. It is expected that later the communal chiefs of the Conurbano will join, but they will attend through a videoconference. Although the focus of concern is on the development of the summer season on the coast, the COVID-19 contagion curve also began to grow in the most populated towns of the Conurbano. That is why all the mayors of the province were invited.

On the part of the Buenos Aires Executive, the Minister of Health participates, Daniel Gollan; the vice minister of that portfolio, Nicolas Kreplak, the chief of staff, Carlos Bianco, the Minister of Security, Sergio Berni; the Minister of Production, Augusto Costa, and the Minister of Communication, Jesica Rey.

Among the mayors of the Coast who are present are Sebastián Ianatuony (General Alvarado), Jose Rodriguez Ponte (General Lavalle), Carlos Santoro (General Madariaga), Juan Manuel Alvarez (General Paz), Guillermo Montenegro (Mar del Plata), Cristian Cardozo (Party of the Coast), Jose Paredi (Mar Chiquita), Alejandro Declares (Monte Hermoso), Martin Yeza (Pinamar), Sergio Bordoni (Tornquist), Carlos Sanchez (Three Streams) and Gustavo Barrera (Villa Gesell).

The main option being considered in the Kicillof government is the implementation of a night curfew. That is to say, to cut the movement during the night, when people gather in private parties and gastronomic places, in order to cut the circulation of the virus. This was recognized by the head of advisers of the Buenos Aires portfolio, Enio Jose Garcia, who warned that the measure “it is an option”.

Also on the horizon is the possibility of reduce the number of people who can enter gastronomic or commercial premises. The intention is not to return to the starting point that took place on March 19. The governments of the Nation and the province are working on communication with the aim of generating awareness, but for now the possibility of going back to zero is not considered.

Axel Kicillof during one of the last meetings with the mayors of the coast
Axel Kicillof during one of the last meetings with the mayors of the coast

In the province they rule out the possibility of completely closing the season. “There is zero chance of that happening, they graphed near the governor. That same idea put forward the Minister of Tourism, Matias Lammens, during his visit to Villa Gesell on Monday morning, although he clarified that the continuity of the holidays will depend on the behavior of the people on the Coast.

“Our idea is not to close the season, but to continue insisting on individual responsibility. When this is not enough, guarantee that there is a presence of the State that tells the citizen how to act, ”he explained during a visit with the local mayor, Gustavo Barrera. In addition, he assured that the restrictions that “Eventually be taken” they will have to do with reducing the risk of large crowds, but not with the suspension of the season. “These measures are going to be for those places where some protocols are not being met,” he clarified.

Kicillof wants to evaluate in detail the data of each municipality and the behavior of people in tourist spots. Also reach an agreement with the mayors so that the measure taken is joint. “If the mayors are not willing to enforce the measure that is implemented, there is no point in taking it”, they warn in La Plata. The responsibility and the cost of the decision will be shared.

One of the last images of Pinamar, where the young people concentrated on the beaches and did not comply with the basic protocols
One of the last images of Pinamar, where the young people concentrated on the beaches and did not comply with the basic protocols

In the Buenos Aires government, they already know that the communal leaders of Together for Change do not agree with a possible measure that restricts movement at night. At first one option was that the fulfillment hours were between 22 and 6. The communal chiefs understand that it will harm commercial activity, one of the most affected during the pandemic. That’s why they resist such restrictions in the middle of the season.

In an interview with Infobae, the mayor of Mar del Plata, Guillermo Montenegro, sat down a posture. “I do not see possible to generate some kind of violent closure and end the summer season. I don’t think any activity can be closed. But it’s not that you can’t, I think you shouldn’t. There are many previous alternatives to reach closure, “he explained.

Martin Yeza, the communal chief of Pinamar, was in the same line. In dialogue with this medium, he assured that “a curfew would be a decision not understood by the merchants who have rowed it and who today are the great partners of the State to have activities with protocols.” The mayor considers that by prohibiting people from leaving the streets, the contagion will not be stopped. “Canceling the merchants will bring economic and labor consequences and it will not decrease the contagion curve because it would increase secrecy”, Held.

Most people comply with sanitary measures on the streets, but not on the beaches (Christian Heit)
Most people comply with sanitary measures on the streets, but not on the beaches (Christian Heit)

Also in contact with this medium, the Peronist mayor of Villa Gesell, Gustavo Barrera, anticipated that they will “To support sanitary measures that have to do with avoiding crowds, preventing infections and avoiding a suspension of the season”. And he added: “In Gesell we have relatively few cases, but we know that the care must be regional. We are interconnected, the virus knows no borders. No municipality is saved alone ”.

As of December 15, the health authorities of the province began to see that the contagion curve grew again. The cases increased day by day until reaching, on December 29, 4,417 cases, the peak of the last month. Before that day, both the Buenos Aires government and the municipalities anticipated that the main problem was clandestine parties and meetings, in addition to the relaxation of people with basic care.

“For now it is not at risk of saturation but every day more beds are occupied than are released”, indicated from the governorate. This week the ministers, health authorities and mayors will exchange messages on more than one occasion. It will be a week of definitions. This is how they assimilate it in La Plata. Tomorrow’s meeting will serve to make a more precise diagnosis and evaluate what measures can be taken. If it’s not curfew, what are the options.

As of today in the AMBA there’s a 55% of intensive therapy beds that are occupied, while indoors the percentage is 38%. There is availability but they must take into account the delay of the cases. The results of this week’s infections will only be seen in fifteen days. That is the reason why the provincial government is rushing the decision. It must be taken now so that it has an impact in the short term and the virus does not continue to run.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, gave a preview of the reversal that the Kicillof government plans to carry out. “We do not like to take unfriendly measures, but we must take strong and effective measures”, he sentenced. What will begin to be defined tomorrow is what these measures are and what consensus they have.

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