Argentina adopts curfew and the region tries to contain an increase in cases – International

Argentina adopts curfew and the region tries to contain an increase in cases – International
Argentina adopts curfew and the region tries to contain an increase in cases – International
BUENOS AIRES – The Argentine government announced on Wednesday, 7, tough restrictive measures, including a curfew, in response to the increase in the number of covid infections in the country. In the week that Latin America reached 800,000 deaths, with vaccination progressing unevenly, other countries in the region are also hardening isolation to contain the pandemic.

On Wednesday, Argentina recorded a new daily record of 22,000 new cases of covid. So far, the highest number of infections had been recorded on October 21: 18,300. THE Argentina it is the 15th country in the world with the highest number of cases (2.4 million) and the 13th with the most deaths (56,000), according to Johns Hopkins University.

Latin America is today the region in the world where most covid dies. On Tuesday, 44% of the world’s deaths occurred in the region – a third of them in Brazil. In Argentina, the new wave of infections took the president, Alberto Fernandez, who recovers after being diagnosed with covid, to impose tougher measures.

On Wednesday, he recorded a ten-minute video message announcing the curfew between midnight and 6 am, from this Thursday, 8, until April 30. Among the measures are also the closing of bars and restaurants at 11 pm, the prohibition of outdoor meetings, in public space, with more than 20 people and the practice of sports in closed places – Fernández, however, released football, according to the government, because it is practiced in an open place.

On Colombia, almost 8 million inhabitants of Bogotá will be under strict confinement as of this Saturday in the face of the increase in cases. “The third wave of contagion has already started, a third peak will happen, but it depends on our behavior so that we can control its effects”, said the mayor, Claudia López.

In Chile, at the same time that vaccination is advancing rapidly, the number of cases has been increasing and the Senate has approved a five-week postponement of the election of mayors, governors and constituents scheduled for Sunday.

In Brazil, the most affected country in the region, some states have stepped up restrictive measures in recent weeks to try to prevent the collapse of the health system. On Tuesday, the country recorded a record 4,211 deaths from the disease in 24 hours.

Impasse

The governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, supports the restrictive measures of the federal government, but the mayor of the Argentine capital, which is led by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, disagrees and calls for even tougher measures. Argentine Health Minister Fernán Quirós said the next “three or four weeks” will be critical to overcoming the new covid outbreak.

The Province of Buenos Aires concentrates half of the new registered cases and the biggest number of infected since the beginning of the pandemic: more than 10 thousand. The data reinforces what Fernández said on Saturday on Twitter. According to him, the coordinated work between the governments of the capital, the Province of Buenos Aires and the national government is “indispensable”, as the cases are concentrated first in the metropolitan region of Buenos Aires and then spread to the interior.

Vaccination

At a meeting on Tuesday, the right-hand man of the provincial governor of Buenos Aires, Carlos Bianco, and the provincial deputy minister of health, Nicolás Kreplak, proposed a package of tough measures for two weeks, including a ban on activities night time, reduced transportation and recreational activities. According to the plan, the idea is to vaccinate, during this period, 2.25 million people belonging to risk groups living in the capital.

Part of the mistrust of the Buenos Aires city government in relation to the federal government includes criticism of the slowness in the vaccination process in the country. Argentina applied 4.4 million vaccines against the new coronavirus, according to Our World in Data, with only 692 thousand people receiving both doses. The total number is equivalent to 9.74 doses per 100 inhabitants, slightly higher than the world average (8.90), but lower than Brazil (10.75), Uruguay (24.95) and Chile (59.13). / AFP

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