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Argentina will have a curfew to contain the advance of Covid-19 – Prime Time Zone

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On Tuesday, the 6th, the country registered a record of 20 thousand daily cases of the disease; Restrictive measures have generated conflicting opinions among authorities in the province of Buenos Aires

EFE / Argentine PresidencyPresident Alberto Fernandéz, who tested positive for Covid-19, made an isolated statement

The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandéz, announced on Wednesday, 7, new restrictions to contain the progress of the new coronavirus pandemic in the country. The main measure is the curfew from 0 am to 6 am in cities with a high level of contagion, including Buenos Aires, which will remain in effect until at least April 30th. Until that date, meetings with more than 20 people and the operation of bars and restaurants after 11 pm were also prohibited. During his speech, the president mentioned that the next three weeks are very important for the development of the second wave of Covid-19 in Argentina, which on Tuesday, 6, recorded a record of 20,000 daily cases of the disease. For the time being, the country has applied 4.4 million doses of vaccines against the new coronavirus, equivalent to 9.74 units per 100 inhabitants. The world average is 8.90.

The new restrictions, however, provoked conflicting positions within politics. The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, defended the application of the measures, emphasizing that the local health system “is once again in danger with this second wave, which is ferocious”. The mayor of the capital, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, considers the restrictions excessive, although he said that they will be respected. “Regarding the restriction on circulation, we have already expressed that we do not agree because it is proven that circulating outdoors and wearing a mask does not generate contagion”, said the politician at a news conference this Thursday, 8. In Buenos Aires and its periphery public transport will be restricted to teachers, students and essential workers.

* With information from EFE

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