The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, announced on Wednesday (14) a restriction of trading from 8:00 pm until 6:00 am the next day in the capital region of Buenos Aires and the suspension of face-to-face lessons in the same area.
The new restriction will take effect on trading from 12:00 AM on Friday (16) and the suspension of studies in schools will take effect from next Monday. The measure is expected to continue until April 30, according to information from the newspaper “Clarin”.
The leader of the neighboring country said the new measures are aimed at reducing the impact of the second wave of Covid-19, which threatens to overwhelm the health system.
“We are in week number 15 [do ano]. In the 10th week, just one month ago, we had 45,498 cases. In the week that just ended, we accumulated 122,468 cases and this week we will definitely exceed that number, ”the agent warned.
Fernandez said tightening restrictions is also necessary to avoid disrupting the vaccination plan and ending immunization of people at risk.
“I have decided to take a series of measures which I consider necessary at this moment to continue to ensure what we want to guarantee. I declare that there are two things: do not interrupt the vaccination process and the health system is not saturated.
Procedures will be carried out in the metropolitan area only because it was noted that “the speed of infection is greater and the need for medical care is greater”
In addition to restricting movement, “all recreational, social, cultural, sports and religious activities that take place in closed spaces are suspended.” “All commercial activities must take place between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm.” The president added, “Outside of these hours, trade must remain closed.
Restaurants are also prohibited from opening during the night. “They can only work with home delivery or consumer delivery,” Fernandez explained.
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This was the president’s second announcement in seven days. Last Wednesday, Fernandez – who was quarantined because he had tested positive for the Covid virus – announced that the most contagious areas would be restricted from 0:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.