The Santa Cruz city of El Calafate decreed quarantine on Tuesday after a positive case of coronavirus was confirmed. The decision was informed by the local mayor, Javier Belloni. So far, 79 people have been infected across the country.
The infected person is a 63 year old French tourist that he was isolated to comply with the corresponding protocol since he arrived in the country a few days ago. This was reported by the Ministry of Health and Environment.
From his Twitter account, Belloni announced: “I hereby notify you that El Calafate is in quarantine. Suspend activities and stay at home. The Ministry of Health of the Province has just informed us that there is a positive case of coronavirus in El Calafate. From this moment all commercial activity is suspended“
In that sense he detailed: “Only supermarkets, markets and pharmacies will remain open. It is important that the hotels and accommodations that are hosting tourists remain in service, taking the necessary precautions until the quarantine ends. ”
On Monday, the local president had already arranged for businesses to have gel alcohol and face masks, and had also suspended activities in gyms and public activities.
First case in Santa Cruz
The tourist case is the first positive in that province. From the SAMIC Hospital of El Calafate they indicated in a part disseminated to the press that it is a patient who complies with the isolation from Friday March 13 and that she was part of a contingent different from the French woman whose analysis was negative and obtained the corresponding discharge.
The Malbrán Institute informed the authorities of Santa Cruz this Tuesday afternoon of the results of the cases under analysis, all of which correspond to the town of El Calafate: one was negative, the other positive and the result of two other cases are expected.
The Lago Posadas development commission had two people isolated since the night of Monday, March 16, and Caleta Olivia also registered two more, who were in Chile in recent days.
On this day, in addition, the Santa Cruz Legislature ratified in an extraordinary session the state of provincial sanitary emergency for a term of 180 days, which by virtue of the situation associated with the coronavirus (Covid-19) decreed the governor Alicia Kirchner and which began to govern after its publication in the Official Gazette on March 13.