To try to stop the advance of the virus, the measures taken by the President are tightened and mandatory isolation is decreed throughout the country
President Alberto Fernández announced on Thursday night that starting at 0 am on Friday and until March 31, there will be a measure of “preventive and compulsory social isolation”, so that the population stays at home and tries to cut the chain of contagion by the coronavirus.
This was announced by the head of state after a prolonged key meeting with the governors of all the provinces in Quinta de Olivos.
“We dictate a Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU). From midnight until 24:00 on March 31, we dictate a social, preventive and compulsory isolation,” said Fernández at a press conference.
“We have taken the bull by the horns,” said Fernández, making the measure public, after listing the measures that had been adopted in recent days.
“However, we still have people who do not understand,” lamented the head of state to justify launching the drastic measure.
The fundamental objective of this drastic decision is to calm the coronavirus infection curve, which is already around 130 cases in the country.
These restrictions and limitations on movement have a huge impact on the daily life of Argentines. With limited exceptions, most citizens will have to stay at home and will only be able to go out to buy food or medicine.
“They will be able to go out to continue doing their usual life, they will be able to go to warehouses, supermarkets, pharmacies, but from 0:00 the Prefecture, the Gendarmerie, the Federal Police and the provincial police will be controlling who circulates through the streets , and the sanctions established by the Penal Code will be submitted, “emphasized Fernández.
In this sense, he pointed out that the Government will be “inflexible” with those who violate the mandatory isolation that will take effect tonight and until next March 31.
The total quarantine determines that:
-Remain schools closed, those who are no longer teaching today, and the borders.
-No one may enter or leave the country by any means, be it cars, buses, trains or planes.
-It also affects the commercial sector since it will not open any business that is not considered essential, such as supermarkets and pharmacies.
-The shopping malls and businesses with street sales will be closed; squares, parks, restaurants, gyms, bars, cinemas and theaters.
–They would not open shops that are not within the activities mentioned above, with which they will be left with the blinds restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops selling clothing, among others.
-It would be arranged that sOnly one person or at most two leave a home to supply food or medicine.
–I know would suspend the free movement of people and that members of the security forces carry out controls and allow the displacement only of those who go to buy food or medicine, or to medical centers.
-Banks will not serve the public. Operations may be carried out by cashier and through home banking.
Exceptions to quarantine
Beyond strong controls, there may be limited exceptions:
–Only essential services would be guaranteed how security, Health (medical centers and pharmacies), public transport services (in a holiday scheme and only to transport people who are authorized to circulate) service stations and shops from food outlets.
-It remains to be seen how traffic will be allowed to people who must attend family members for health issues, with special authorization.
-Too The public and private health system and all its workers who are authorized to circulate are considered essential..
The total quarantine, in addition, implies a monumental deployment of the security forces, which are considered “essential” and will be able to circulate..
The Unified Command created by the Government to control those who are currently in quarantine, will have a key role.
It is made up of the four federal forces – Federal Police, Gendarmerie, Prefecture and Airport Security Police – and will be responsible for ensuring that people do not circulate on the streets. This work will be joined by local police, such as the City Police in the Federal Capital.
How quarantine works in Europe
Tens of millions of people around the world are already isolated in their homes by order of the governments of their countries, which have closed shops, schools and canceled sporting events and shows, with border closings that affect both people and the flow of merchandise.
One of them is Italy, which became the country with the highest number of people killed by the pandemic, after surpassing China with 3,405 fatalities, a news item that coincided with the government’s decision to extend the quarantine measures to slow the spread of the virus.
In the last 24 hours, 427 people infected with the coronavirus died in the country, which made the total balance of fatalities since February 21, the date of the first death from the pandemic, exceed 3,400.
This last balance was released the same day that the Italian government announced that it is going to extend and deepen the measures to restrict the movement of the population that began last week with an original deadline of April 3..
“The measures taken, whether they be the closure of activity or the closure of schools, cannot not be extended,” said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Despite the number of victims, from the Government they assure that the restrictive measures are working and that when the peak is reached and the contagions begin to drop, at least in percentage, they will wait a few days to lift the restrictions.
But it could provide for a total ban on outdoor activities as, despite restrictions, it has become a regular image this week to see people running through the streets of Rome or along the banks of the Tiber River.
At present, displacement is only allowed for essential reasons such as work, food or health, and they force those who go out to have an affidavit with a document and address to verify the veracity of the reasonss.
Another example is Spain, which on Sunday, the first day of the state of alarm that prohibited 47 million Spaniards from moving freely for 15 days except to go to the supermarket, pharmacies or work, the infections decreased slightly, but then, on Monday, the transmission fired again.
Almost from one day to the next, the Spanish went from an attitude of suspicion and distrust to perceiving that the Covid-19 is a serious threat and massively obeyed the orders issued by the Spanish authorities..
In the face of the uncontrolled advance of the coronavirus, the message from the Spanish government is clear: only if citizens stay confined as long as possible at home will the upward contagion curve be flattened.
In recent days, there have been numerous messages from doctors and nurses alerting citizens to the seriousness of the situation and the need for them to remain at home to avoid further infections.
Failure to comply with the measures adopted by the royal decree can lead to sanctions, which may include fines, the crime of disobedience, everything that can occur when you miss a rule.
Explaining the extent of the “state of alarm” at a press conference, President Pedro Sánchez appealed the “common sense” of the citizens, to whom he explained that they will be able to go out at home to “walk the dog”, but that they will not be able to go to the beach or practice sports in the park.
Key: how to handle it emotionally
Remembering that the word quarantine means a limited period, avoiding catastrophe scenes when shopping in supermarkets and creating routines inside the home to cope with periods of isolation, are some of the tips to keep in mind in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
It should be borne in mind that quarantine is transitory, since that word is worrying because it is associated with a long period, while advising not to go out and make an unnecessary and little responsible supply.
“Local businesses will remain open and we will be able to do the shopping in a staggered manner. It is important to avoid scenes of catastrophe,” said professionals from the Advisory Council for the Degree in Psychology at UADE.
Regarding routines, they indicated that “It is not a vacation time”, so “it is convenient to organize work from home to set routines and schedules as we usually do“
They also specified that the children “can have their school work at home from Monday to Friday so as not to generate the idea of a vacation in them,” while recommending trying to replicate some of the usual routines adapted to the situation indoors.
In this sense, they pointed to the physical activity, online courses and classes, friends’ meetings via Skype and include intra-family communication to strengthen ties.
They also emphasized taking advantage of Internet and cellular interconnectivity resources, since quarantine does not mean being isolated, but rather safe.
In addition, it is advisable to pay special attention to the vulnerable population, to carry out an “informative detoxification” without exposing oneself to an overdose of information that increases the levels of anxiety and anxiety.
They also stressed that it is important that you can think and debate, not only receive information passively.
They also put emphasis on dialogue and tolerance, since being in small spaces without being able to leave and lose autonomy can generate escalations of family conflictTherefore, “it will be necessary to rediscover dialogue and ties.”
The UADE Advisory Council indicated that creativity in this period is important since “the best ideas come from moments of leisure. Boredom can be an opportunity to reinvent”, so they proposed “using ingenuity and fantasy to explore new learning opportunities. “
Regarding introspection, the psychologists indicated that “it is a time of forced reflection” since “we do not always have the possibility of thinking, of reading, of writing, of listening to music”.
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