The President said he was “very happy” with how the Argentines behaved. He asked to “assume with the same desire” the next days of isolation
President Alberto Fernández announced a few minutes after 10 pm that the quarantine will be extended “until Easter ends”, which ends on Sunday, April 12.
“It is a war against an invisible army” he announced from the Quinta de Olivos, to later assure that he was “very happy with how we behave as a society. ”
“More than 90% of the people fully complied with the quarantine. Part of the remaining 10% went to work, there are nurses, doctors and doctors, security forces, those who transport food and medicine and a very low number of people who did not comply. And to the people who did not comply, what we said was going to happen happened to them, “he said.
“We have to be very happy as Argentines, to fulfill the commitment to take care of ourselves, because that is how we take care of each one of the Argentines,” he added.
“We don’t want to be arbitrary. This is a pandemic that is shocking to see at the speed it grows. And we had quarantine to make growth slower,” he said.
Before finishing, he insisted again that “we are doing things well”. And he urged the Arentinos to “assume with the same enthusiasm the days that we have left quarantine.”
“We will be preserving ourselves as a society. I invite you to work together. I thank you for all the effort you have made; this path is just beginning, there is much ahead. What we know is that if we comply with certain things, the pain will be less”, concluded.
According to reports, during the videoconference with governors that started at 6:00 p.m., the President stated that of the economic problems “it is possible to return, but not so of the deaths”. On the other hand, the head of state asked governors to be “very firm” in their districts with businessmen to avoid speculative practices.
“Speculators need to be punished and if their pocket hurts better,” said Fernández, although he stressed that $ 340 billion has been allocated to companies. It also gave free rein to the provincial leaders so that “Do everything you have to do” but without affecting “the traffic of the truckers.”
In turn, during the videoconference, the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, spoke in accordance with the measures proposed by the Casa Rosada but asked to “restrict as much as possible the circulation of older adults so that the system is not exceeded of health”. For their part, the governors of Santa Cruz and Río Negro were concerned about the oil industry.
Update: another dead and 75 new infected
One person died and 75 were diagnosed today with coronavirus in Argentina, bringing the death toll to 20 and the infection to 820, the Ministry of Health of the Nation reported.
As for the new victim, it is a 58-year-old man, who had close contact with a confirmed case, with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the health ministry said, noting that for the first time cases were detected in La Rioja and San Juan.
Of the 75 cases, “16 were registered in the province of Buenos Aires, 13 in the City of Buenos Aires, 4 in Chaco, 13 in Santa Fe, 18 in Córdoba, 4 in Tierra del Fuego, 1 in San Juan, 1 in Corrientes, 2 in La Pampa, 1 in La Rioja, 1 in Mendoza and 1 in Misiones “.
Taking into account the number of accumulated cases, Buenos Aires registers a total of “217 infected, the City of Buenos Aires 258, Chaco 69, Santa Fe 90, Córdoba 73, Tierra del Fuego 21, San Juan 1, Corrientes 9, Jujuy 3 , La Pampa 3, Entre Ríos 10, La Rioja 1, Mendoza 10, Misiones 2, Neuquén 12, Río Negro 8, Salta 1, San Luis 6, Santa Cruz 9, Santiago del Estero 2, Tucumán 15 “, while they do not present diagnoses with coronavirus, Catamarca, Chubut and Formosa.
Among the economic measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, the Government Officialized this Sunday the freezing of mortgages and UVA-adjustable clothing until September 30. Likewise, through a Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU) it ordered the freezing of rental prices and suspension of evictions for non-payment until September 30.
Banks began to implement lines of credit at a rate of 24% per year to assist micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in the payment of wages, both through short-term loans and current account advances, after the Central Bank give them greater incentives to help one of the sectors hardest hit by the effects of the quarantine.
Regarding the breach of the isolation measures, the federal security forces have already detained, delayed or notified some 13 thousand people on all routes and accesses in the country since the decree of social isolation, mandatory and preventive to mitigate came into effect. the spread of the coronavirus, as officially reported.
Coronavirus: the situation in the world
At the international level, the United States consolidated itself this Sunday as the nation most affected by the advance of the coronavirus, with more than 135,000 people infected, and its greatest expert in infectious diseases predicted that the pandemic can cause “millions of cases” and “among 100,000 and 200,000 dead “in that country, where however President Donald Trump maintained that” a quarantine will not be necessary. “
In New York, epicenter of coronavirus in the United States, the famous Central Park will house a field hospital with 68 beds to treat patients with the new coronavirus, a facility that began to rise this Sunday and is expected to be operational by Tuesday .
Coronavirus cases in Spain rose to 78,797, representing 6,549 more than yesterday, while in the last 24 hours there were 838 deaths, bringing the total deaths to 6,528, according to the latest figures published today by the Ministry of Health.
In Brazil, the justice of that country today ordered the central government to launch an advertising campaign aimed at suspending isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, while health authorities reported that 22 people died from the disease in the last 24 hours and raised to 114 the number of fatalities.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 62,000 people contracted coronavirus and 3,400 died from that disease in the last 24 hours worldwide.
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