On Tuesday, Argentina registered two new deaths from coronaviruses, which amount to six, while the authorities reinforced control measures to ensure compliance with the mandatory isolation for the entire population that has been in force since last Friday.
Official sources confirmed the two new deaths, registered in the Buenos Aires city of Mar del Plata and in Resistencia, the capital of the northern province of Chaco.
In the case of Mar del Plata, it is a 71-year-old man, with a history of a recent trip to Spain, while the Chaco case is that of a 53-year-old man who caught the virus by having a “contact narrow “with another case that had tested positive for COVID-19.
As of Monday night, according to the last official report, Argentina totaled 301 confirmed coronavirus infections, the first case in the country was reported on March 3.
“Yesterday (Monday) fewer cases were confirmed. Does that mean that we are better or that it is resolved? No,” Argentina’s Secretary for Access to Health, Carla Vizzotti, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
He indicated that during mandatory preventive isolation for the entire population, which lasts until March 31, “the cases that appear are those that were infected between 7 and 21 days ago.”
BUENOS AIRES, MORE CLOSED
The Government of the city of Buenos Aires highlighted on Tuesday the high level of compliance with compulsory isolation, despite which it announced that it will strengthen control measures and close several of the access points to the capital, which is surrounded by river courses and freeways.
“All our transport, mobility and circulation indicators in the city of Buenos Aires show us that nine out of ten people have stayed at home. Thank you for complying with the isolation,” the vice-chief of the Capital government, Diego Santilli.
Despite the high compliance, Santilli said that since the beginning of the mandatory isolation a total of 839 people were held on the street by the security forces and 180 of them were detained, while 6,592 complaints of alleged breach of the isolation were registered, with the intervention of Justice in 2,057 cases.
In this framework, the capital government announced that 59 of the 84 vehicular accesses to the city have been closed since Tuesday.
The 26 pedestrian crossings are all open although with police control and 25 vehicular accesses are open, but twelve of them are exclusive for buses.
For their part, the National Road Safety Agency and the National Transportation Regulation Commission reported today that they have reinforced the “rigorous controls” on the access highways to Buenos Aires and warned that vehicles will be retained for those who are not duly authorized to circular.
TOURISTS WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN
The health authorities confirmed, on the other hand, that those who traveled to different parts of the country before the start of compulsory isolation with the intention of taking advantage of the four-day long weekend, which ends today, will not be able to return to their homes and should comply with quarantine wherever they are.
“The long weekend ends. You don’t have to increase the number of people on the move. You have to quarantine from where it started,” said Vizzotti.
To circulate with vehicles, you must prove that you are part of one of the few groups exempt from compulsory isolation.
FIVE KILLED IN Riot
Five prisoners died in riots registered in two prisons in the central province of Santa Fe, where inmates demanded more preventive measures in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.
The riots were recorded between the night of this Monday and the early hours of this Tuesday in the prisons of the Santa Fe towns of Coronda and Las Flores and, according to the provincial authorities, the deaths were the result of fights among the inmates themselves and not by actions of the security forces.
The provincial secretary of Penitentiary Affairs, Walter Gálvez, detailed in a press conference that, once the procedures to mitigate the riots were activated, when the officers entered the pavilions they found a deceased prisoner in the Coronda prison and two others, charred , in Las Flores.
Two other seriously injured prisoners at the Las Flores prison were transferred to a hospital, where they eventually died.
The mutineers justified their protests in the need for greater preventive measures in the face of the advance of COVID-19 and the fears that, if they become infected, they will not give them the necessary health care.