In the second half of January, Ezeiza international airport could close the country’s air borders again due to concerns that new strains of Covid-19 will enter the country. At the different levels of the airport system, including the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC), there is already talk of a possible closure of all international flights as of January 15.
This occurs at a time when the Malbrán Institute already reported that a new variant of coronavirus that emerged in Rio de Janeiro is present and days after the Government ordered the closure of flights from Great Britain, due to the circulation of another strain 70% more transmissible and that led the British government to declare a new quarantine yesterday.
Until now, In addition to flights from British soil, trips from Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Denmark, where the new British strain of Covid-19 had already been detected, are also canceled.
Spokesmen from the Ministry of Transport, consulted by the NA agency, clarified that they still do not contemplate the possibility of a closure of air borders and that a possible decision of this type will depend on the analysis of the epidemiological situation made by the Ministry of Health. However, the ANAC would already be preparing to apply the measure. The key date for the decision will be Friday, January 8.
If the new measure is materialized, the closure would be total for international flights. In principle, domestic flights would be maintained, but it is also under studyaccording to spokespersons NA spoke with.
The eventual total closure of borders addresses the two issues that most concern the authorities these days: circulation of the new strain of coronavirus, which began to be detected in destinations with which Argentina maintains flights – such as New York, which registered its first case on Monday – and the growth of infections domestically.
The measure was on the table at the meeting held last week by President Alberto Fernández, the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, and the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who plan to talk again between Thursday and Friday to define whether or not new restrictions apply, such as a night curfew.
The decision to wait until the end of this week is to have the information on the number of infections, occupied therapy beds and positivity of the tests in the first full week of the year, after the holidays for the end of the year parties.