This Wednesday began in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) the call “strict quarantine”, which will run until July 17 with the aim of reducing the spread of coronavirus. On the first day of the measure, there were strong controls at the district’s main terminals, transfer centers, and highways, where there was a 30% reduction in traffic.
However, this generated significant delays in inter-jurisdictional steps. Given this scenario, the Buenos Aires Minister of Security, Sergio Berni, appeared unexpectedly at the operation that was being carried out in Puente La Noria, where he discussed with the Federal police officers, despite the fact that this force is not under his orbit.
According to the data of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, the restrictions of the new phase of isolation made 107 thousand fewer vehicles circulate this Wednesday than on Tuesday, the equivalent of one 30% decrease.
Meanwhile, until 17:30 the sensors of the Buenos Aires Department of Transportation detected the presence of 140 thousand vehicles in the main avenues of the capital, which involved a down 19% in the last 24 hours and a fall of 25% compared to last Wednesday.
Still, this Wednesday morning there was a considerable vehicle congestion in the Pueyrredón Bridge, La Noria Bridge, Panamericana and General Paz and in Acceso Oeste, where checkpoints were installed to request new circulation permits. However, the streets of Buenos Aires were semi-deserted.
Starting at midnight this Wednesday the new Unique Circulation Enabling Certificates (CUHC) began to govern for essential workers in the new stage of isolation.
The Secretary of Public Innovation Micaela Sánchez Malcolm reported that only 50% of permits were renewed that were in force last week.
The official explained that 2,235,083 of the renewed ratings in the Metropolitan Area correspond to essential workers, while another 31,407 are special permits that are valid for 24 hours.
How was the circulation on the main highways
The circulation in the Pueyrredón Bridge, one of the points where there was significant congestion, was divided into four rows: one exclusive for trucks and buses, one for motorcyclists and the remaining two for private vehicles.
From the place, personnel from the Argentine Naval Prefecture who reviewed the permits informed Telam that had not been tilled no notification of irregularities in the first hours of control.
In both Puente La Noria, Acceso Oeste and on the Pan-American highway the panorama was similar, with several kilometers of lines due to the strict controls by the Federal Police and the Gendarmerie.
According to the Ministry of Security, 1,200 personnel are assigned to operations on bridges, accesses and tolls around the country’s capital, and 2,500 in control of the 241 AMBA train stations.
Berni, shouting at Puente La Noria
One of the images of the day was undoubtedly the irruption of the Buenos Aires Minister of Security Sergio Berni in the operation that was carried out in La Noria Bridge. In full procedure, the official arrived at the scene on a motorcycle and discussed with the head of the Federal Police who was in charge.
Later, in dialogue with TNBerni denied having moved to “give orders” to the agents. As he argued, his presence was due to the fact that there there was an ambulance with a pregnant woman that was delayed 20 minutes ago by the catch.
“If you are on top of a bridge and an ambulance is 20 minutes to pass and cannot pass, and we almost have a birth in the middle of the bridge, I think it’s something that needs to be corrected“he expressed.
Asked about the statements of the Secretary of National Security Eduardo Villalba, who considered that he acted in an “irresponsible” manner when he appeared at a control carried out by forces that do not respond to him, the minister He said that he does not fight “with anyone” and that he only works “so that the people of Buenos Aires can transit in the best possible way this exceptional situation that is the pandemic”.
Finally, assured that he has “no short circuit” with national security officials and returned to justify its presence by a question of “commitment” with the Buenosaireans.