Argentina toughens social isolation measures in the city of Buenos Aires and its surroundings

For Recinos Kriscia

Faced with an escalation in the number of infections by Coronavirus, the Argentine authorities have decided to back down in the flexibility of the obligatory social distancing.

The first action taken by the President of the Republic, Alberto Fernández takes effect this Friday, and restricts the use of collective transportation, making it exclusive for essential workers who have an updated permit. Current authorizations will become invalid after midnight on Thursday.

In a television interview, the president was questioned about the possibility of backing down, going back to phase 1 from quarantine, and answered: "They wanted to go for a run, go for a run. They wanted to go for a walk, go for a walk. They wanted open clothing stores, open the premises. But these are the consequences ".

He added: "I have an ethical commitment and it is not to abandon them. I have to take care of people's health and when I see that the beds are occupied I worry. Pay attention to what we are doing, because we are not doing something right ".

The occupancy of intensive care beds in the public sector went from 10% al 40% in the last week.

Fernández met in the last hours with the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof to define the continuity of the quarantine.

The movement of people has increased considerably and the identification of more risk areas is worrying.

On the last 24 hours were recorded 35 deaths from COVID-19 and a thousand 393 new cases; making a total of 913 deceased persons and 35 thousand 552 infected.