Entering the city of Buenos Aires on Monday meant facing traffic jams of several kilometers due to the strict controls carried out by the security forces in the steps enabled from the populous towns that surround it, in the framework of the tightening of the quarantine due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
President Alberto Fernández announced stricter restrictions from July 1 to 17 in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA), the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Argentina, and in other specific regions such as the Chaco province, but the controls already started today.
“We have to go back to the restrictions to be able to control the circulation of the virus, let’s not forget that there were more than five million circulation permits granted,” said the secretary of security for the city of Buenos Aires, Marcelo D’Alessandro.
All movement permits, including those for workers in essential areas, will be canceled and must be processed again to circulate from July 1, the official confirmed.
The controls were carried out in the 40 accesses to the capital from the so-called conurbano, the populous towns of the province of Buenos Aires and which together with the city make up the AMBA, a region in which almost 95% of all new infections of coronavirus.
There were also controls on public transport, either on board the buses or in the new suburban train network entry system exclusively for essential workers and with a reserved seat in advance.
Revenues to Buenos Aires from the south, by the so-called Puente La Noria, and from the north, by the Pan-American highway, today saw long lines of cars and according to the authorities of the capital there was a 19% reduction in the number of vehicles in the city highways compared to Monday of last week.
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Argentina has so far registered 59,933 infected people, of which 1,245 have died and another 21,138 have already recovered and were discharged.
90.7% of cases correspond to the capital (25,415) and the province of Buenos Aires (28,986), while Chaco is the third district with the most cases, with 1,930.
As reported by the Ministry of Health, there are 523 people in intensive care units, which represents a 49.8% occupancy across the country.
The tightening of preventive and compulsory social isolation will take effect from Wednesday in the AMBA, the Chaco and specific areas of the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén, while around 85 of the country will continue with a system of social distancing that allows the resumption about 95% of the activities.
However, Argentina’s borders remain closed and long-distance transport remains suspended both domestically and internationally.