April 15. President Alberto Fernández announced a dramatic tightening of measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 on Wednesday, as fears over the nation’s health system escalated.
The move, which comes after a surge in infections, the so-called ‘second wave,’ was made hours after the Health Ministry confirmed 25,157 cases and 368 deaths over the last 24 hours. More than 2.6 million people have now been infected in Argentina since the start of the pandemic, with 58,542 fatalities.
The president’s announcement was met with fierce criticism from the opposition and a cacerolazo pot-banging protest in and around Buenos Aires. Much of the anger focused on the decision to suspend face-to face classes at schools, though rival politicians also criticised the economic impact of the restrictions.
Fernández said that, as from Friday, the existing nighttime curfew would be extended from 8pm to 6am for those not considered essential workers, with business hours restricted to 10 hours between 9am and 7pm, including restaurants and bars, which can only remain open afterwards for home delivery.
In the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA), in-person classes at all three educational levels will be suspended for the next two weeks as from Monday, he added, with all learning to be completed virtually until the end of April.
All recreational, social, cultural, sports and religious activities in closed places are to be suspended in the region, he added.
Source: Buenos Aires Times