Argentina asks not to panic after the first case of coronavirus

The Argentine government called on Wednesday the population not to panic after confirming the first case of coronavirus in the country, considering that it generated a “fear over exaggerated.”

“There is a fear of exaggeration of the coronavirus,” said Argentine Health Minister Ginés González García.

The official urged “not to be alarmed” or “to panic, as a little is happening, but take into account the measures to prevent contagion.”

“There are many people who are scared. And this is to be worried but not scared,” said the Minister of Health.


Health authorities reported on Tuesday the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Argentina: a 43-year-old man of Argentine nationality who arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday after visiting northern Italy, the largest center of circulation of the virus in Europe with about 2,000 affected and more than 50 deaths.

A few hours after arriving, the man began to have more pronounced symptoms and went on Sunday afternoon to a private medical center in the city of Buenos Aires, where he was isolated according to the current health protocol.

The director of the private medical company Swiss Medical, Gabriel Novick, reported on Wednesday to the Todo Noticias news channel that “the patient is in very good general condition, so he arrived on Sunday and continues that way.”

The man was transferred to another clinic of this medical group on Tuesday, where he remained hospitalized “with all the isolation conditions,” Novick said.

The health authorities also ordered the isolation of at least six people who traveled in the same plane from Italy where the patient affected by the COVID-19 virus arrived.

His brother was also isolated, who had gone to look for him at the airport and apparently the only person with whom he had contact after his arrival, informed the Minister of Health of the city of Buenos Aires, Fernán Quirós.


The first case of coronavirus confirmed in Argentina has been attracting media attention since Tuesday and raises concerns in the population about possible infections.

“I am wearing chinstrap (tapaboca) because I heard the security measures that must be taken to come to places such as airports, with a population at risk, and it catches my attention that I do not see many people with chinstrap nor that general precautionary measures are taken or that general precautionary measures be taken, “said a woman who went to look for a relative at the Minister Pistarini air terminal, near Buenos Aires.

A passenger who arrived on a flight from the United States on Wednesday also expressed concern about the lack of sanitary control.

“Here I did not find any safety measure regarding the coronavirus, it seemed to me that at least they would have to see the respiratory issue,” the woman said while coughing.

In the last hours the number of passengers who chose to travel or circulate through the Argentine airports with chins increased, as well as the consumption of alcohol in gel to sanitize the hands.


In the media and social networks, public prevention campaigns are multiplied to contain possible infections, in line with the beginning of the school year and the next arrival of autumn.

The head of the Government of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, highlighted the efforts for the “preparation and tuning of the health system for the coronavirus.”

Rodríguez Larreta acknowledged during the visit to a health center in the emergency village of Barrio 31 that “we must continue working so that the entire health system is prepared to receive cases.”

The companies also began to implement various measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which, as the case may be, range from travel restrictions to the application of health protocols for their employees visiting countries with COVID-19 virus circulation.


In the Argentine Government, the impact that the coronavirus could cause in the recessive national economy and in international trade is already analyzed, with an eye on the situation in China, where the first cases of COVID-19 and the number were known of affected already approaches 100,000.

In Latin America, so far, cases have been reported in Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that Latin America should take advantage of the fact that it is one of the regions in the world with a very limited number of coronavirus cases to prepare an “aggressive containment strategy” that allows rapid control if the virus expands.


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