“Sanitary touches”: the Government advances with the idea of ​​night closings by security forces to stop the contagion of coronavirus


The President avoided talking about a “curfew” and mentioned “sanitary touches”, due to the controls faced by some municipalities; the measures will be in charge of the security forces and aim to avoid youth gatherings Credit: Tomas Cuesta

Next Friday, the president Alberto Fernandez will once again re-edit the working photo together with Axel Kicillof and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, whose last antecedent was last Wednesday. With the alarming growth in coronavirus infections As a dramatic context, the President and the leaders responsible for the metropolitan area they will evaluate the implementation of the so-called “sanitary touch”. That is, restrictions for night circulation by security forces in order to prevent the circulation of the virus from ending up transforming into the dreaded second hello suffered by different countries in Europe and the region, such as Chile or Brazil.





“It is being evaluated. It will depend on the health situation, the evolution of cases and social behavior”, affirmed to THE NATION a close collaborator of the President, who on the last day of the year had given clues about his intentions in controlling a pandemic that seems to have reactivated coinciding with the summer season.



“We are contemplating the possibility that the security forces disperse crowds, but we are not going to implement a curfew, perhaps a sanitary touch like the one that was applied in the interior, “Fernández told Radio 10, after his meeting on Wednesday with Kicillof and Rodríguez Larreta in the Olivos presidential office.


“We are going to let the end of the year pass and from next week we are going to look with a magnifying glass to see how we solve this,” anticipated the President. The images of relaxation in compliance with the rules of distancing in the summer resorts, and the action of municipal police such as those of Mar del Plata or Berisso in the control of clandestine parties, are pre-announcements of the use of more stringent deterrence methods to avoid the “crowds” of which the President speaks.


Kicillof, Fernández and Larreta scheduled to meet again next Friday
Kicillof, Fernández and Larreta scheduled to meet again next Friday Credit: Archive


Although the city and the province do not want to mention the word “restrictions” in the middle of the summer season, the diagnosis is equally worrying on both sides of Avenida General Paz. “It is worrisome. We came from weeks with more discharges than hospital admissions, and this is beginning to be reversed,” they warned from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health. Daniel Gollan and Nicolas Kreplak. “There will be constant and close monitoring this week,” they added from the ministry, without ruling out any additional restriction, that near Kicillof they see something far away.

“We are going to have to take tougher measures. I propose that the borders be closed and that the night restriction be imposed to circulate between 22 and 6”, said to radio 10 Jorge Rachid, a member of the Kicillof advisory committee, although the Buenos Aires government stated that the decisions “will be taken together.”


The President is evaluating returning to nighttime restrictions to curb infections.
The President is evaluating returning to nighttime restrictions to curb infections. Source: Archive

Of course: the Buenos Aires municipalities that receive tourists do not seem to agree with “militarizing” the beaches. “Since August we have asked to implement the PCR test or some similar measure to enter the city and from the governor’s office there were no answers. We have to look for alternatives,” he told THE NATION the chief of staff of Mar del Plata, Alexander Rabinovich, contrary to the eventual closing of the night.

The problem, which the Buenos Aires authorities also recognize, is that the increase in cases is focused on young people. “You have to think about controlling the night more than the day, like what is being done in Europe,” said a close associate of Rodríguez Larreta. “We do not know if it is a relaxation for the end of the year holidays, or indeed a second wave”, they hoped from the Buenos Aires government, and stressed that the increase in cases (2,100 only on the last day of 2020) is due not only to the “more relaxed behavior of the people”, but also to “episodes that increased risks” (such as the funeral of Diego Maradona, the River and Boca festivities and clandestine parties) plus the duplication of tests in the city .

Both in the province and in the city they assured that the health system is still capable of absorbing the demand for new cases, but nobody trusts it. “An age of contagion remains in young adults, we are concerned about the general population. We must take extreme care and measures, the restrictions will be analyzed and they will be communicated “, affirmed from the Ministry of Health that heads Ginés González García. “In these parties we celebrate taking care of ourselves”, reads the spot released yesterday on social networks, through which the Government reiterated the need for basic prevention measures (hand washing, not sharing mate, wearing face masks), almost as in the beginning of the pandemic.

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