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Coronavirus in Argentina: Government tightens controls and analyzes extending quarantine until April 27

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Having obtained the endorsement of the governors, the president

Alberto Fernàndez

will announce the extension of the quarantine between Friday and Sunday, after consulting with the committee of experts that advises the Government on the pandemic of the

coronavirus

. Most likely, they evaluated today at the Olivos residence, is that the confinement will be extended “for two weeks,” that is, until Monday, April 27.

In anticipation of the third phase of quarantine and to avoid a relaxation of the isolation measures for the long weekend, the Government today deployed more police and checkpoints in large urban centers and implemented a stricter control of driving permits. . The ministers

Eduardo De Pedro

(Interior) and

Sabina Frederic

(Security) staged the new policy, taking the lead in operations on Route 2.

Obsessed with not backing down on what he considers to be a successful move that is allowing to “flatten the curve” of infections,

the President banished the word “flexibilization” from his dictionary

and, in interviews that he gave during the day, he insisted that the quarantine “will continue” and that in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) it will be even stricter than until now. If it were for Alberto Fernández, they commented in his environment, the quarantine would continue almost unchanged as of Monday.

To avoid a tourist exodus for Easter, the Government deployed 11,000 security forces in the last hours, including 600 agents of the Airport Security Police (PSA), who were left without activity at airports. Two helicopters will fly over all areas of access and egress to AMBA, highways and national routes. “The President has asked the interior minister and me to tighten controls. We are monitoring accesses to the Atlantic Coast areas and weekend houses,” said Frederic, spearheading an operation, at the Hudson toll. .

The characteristics of the third phase of the confinement will be defined in the next few hours, based on reports that the governors will send to Fernández, as agreed in yesterday’s teleconference. It is already known that classes will not be resumed at any of the three levels, nor will the activity of the public administration. The “focused surveys”, as Fernández likes to say, will only reach activities that do not increase the use of public transport, he told

THE NATION

an official who speaks daily with the President.

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Fear of transportation

In Fernández’s team they give as an example the low-scale public and private works, which usually feed on workers who live in the area and who move around on foot or by bicycle. According to the Government’s view, in these cases there would be no congestion on public transport, the quarantine transit would be facilitated for people living in overcrowded conditions and they would be allowed to earn an income.

The idea would not be applicable in large urban centers. “Public transport must remain empty as it has been until now, with very few people,” said an official who works in the quarantine organization. The President gave as an example that

collectives should not carry more than six passengers at a time

.

Once he receives the reports from the governors, Fernández will consult the details with the committee of experts. That contact could occur on Friday. Only from that conversation will he announce the extension of the confinement and will specify the activities that are incorporated into the exceptions.

The hardening that will be registered in large urban centers could have its opposite in “very small” towns that have not registered any case of coronavirus. For those places, the Casa Rosada analyzes, at the request of some governors, to establish a “community quarantine”. The inhabitants of these towns could return to circulate through the streets, as long as it can be guaranteed that no one enters or leaves those towns.

“Some governors argued that in very small towns where there is no infection whatsoever and where preventive controls have been carried out and nothing has appeared, they have proposed a community quarantine. As long as no one enters and leaves, it could be relaxed a little,” explained the President, in a note with Channel 13. The author of the proposal was the Governor of San Luis,

Alberto Rodríguez Saà

. Fernández promised to analyze it, but it will not advance without the endorsement of epidemiologists.

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