Expectation and optimism. These words synthesize what they feel Rodolfo Suarez officials in these hours. The wait is long, but you can see the hope that the president Alberto Fernndez in the end let the provinces whether or not to apply the night curfew, according to your particular health reality regarding the coronavirus.
Suarez participated yesterday in Fernandez’s videoconference with all the governors and asked precisely that. That there are exceptions for the provinces like Mendoza, where for now the regrowth has not exploded. Detail the local health reality (especially the low occupancy of beds in hospitals) and explained that the situation, today, is far from being critical. He also said that infections have not increased in the province as in other places in the country.
He was not alone. The government of Buenos aires city and the Cordoba president Juan Schiaretti, who is from the PJ, they also stood against the measure. The chief of staff Santiago Cafiero had announced that the measure would run for the whole country, but this afternoon, a source that has direct communication with the Casa Rosada insurance a MDZ that the governors they can make the final decision.
Faced with the specific question of whether the curfew decree give the possibility for the provinces to apply it or not, depending on their health situation, the official response was direct: “I understand that yes, as it always has been.”
This phrase brought to mind the disputes between the provincial government and the nation last October, when the epidemiological situation in Mendoza was much more worrying than the current one. On that occasion, Suarez resisted the alleged order to “return to Phase 1” that came down from the Nation, but later the Casa Rosada denied that this was his intention..
Meanwhile, in Suarez’s cabinet, tonight they chose not to get too far ahead of the events and indicated that they are still waiting for the presidential DNU to define what path to take and, especially, if the governor should dictate a new decree for Mendoza.
As the hours went by, there were those around the governor who were optimistic about the outcome of this new “novel” about the differences between the national government and the province in the fight against the pandemic. “We believe that they will go on the side of what we ask for”an official pointed out.
During the afternoon, the provincial government was also able to take note of the repercussions on social networks: serious and joking messages that reflected a certain consensus so that Suarez resist night closings.