Several provinces of Argentina resolved to reimpose from this Tuesday restrictions on population movement to stop the contagion of Covid-19 who have shown a sustained increase in recent weeks throughout the territory, according to authorities.
Chaco, Formosa, La Pampa and Santiago del Estero announced night circulation limitations and restriction of activities, while the province of Buenos Aires, the most populated in the country, imposed restrictions on some cities where sources of contagion were registered. The provinces of Santa Fe and Corrientes also imposed targeted restrictions.
Due to the increase in cases, in The Pampa Nighttime driving was banned and activities were limited at least until January 18. For its part, Chaco decreed a “health alarm” until January 21, so it will not be possible to stay in public spaces beyond 10 p.m. Similar measures apply in Formosa.
Argentina registers 1,648,923 infections, with 43,634 deaths, out of a population of 44 million. The progression of cases is increasing throughout the country. 8,222 new infections were reported on Monday compared to 5,884 on Sunday and 5,240 on Saturday.
The authorities attribute it to the social gatherings for the end of the year parties, to a relaxation of protection measures and the proliferation of clandestine parties, especially in tourist spots, especially on the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires, which began its summer season on December 1.
They were also carried out various mass demonstrations, since the funeral of Diego Maradona, on November 26, until the marches against and in favor of the rule that legalized abortion, approved by Congress on December 30.
“In our hands”
“We have observed a marked and very accelerated growth of cases, first in the City of Buenos Aires and later, in its periphery and throughout the province,” the provincial governor said at a press conference this Tuesday, Axel Kicillof.
The province of Buenos Aires, where 40% of the Argentine population lives, refused to impose a night curfew or closures at resorts.
“There is a possibility that this is a reappearance as a consequence of the celebrations for the Christmas holidays or the beginning of a second wave. It is in our hands,” said the governor when appealing to the social responsability in compliance with prevention measures.
“If there is more relaxation, we will see an inexorable growth of cases and it could be a catastrophe,” Kicillof warned, indicating that the province went from an average of 1,000 daily cases to 3,000.
Argentina was in confinement since March 20, a measure that lasted several months. Since September, the restrictions have become more flexible, while the cases have been moving from the capital and its periphery to all the provinces.
On December 29, a national immunization campaign against Covid-19 began with the Sputnik V vaccine, from the Russian laboratory Gamaleya, which provided a first delivery of 300,000 doses, which are applied to health personnel. An additional 1.5 million doses are expected to be available by the end of January.
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