The national government is concerned about the new strains of Covid-19 and is studying measures to reduce the possibility of them entering Argentina
The Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Santiago Cafiero, and the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, analyzed proposals for the implementation of additional control measures and new announcements to discourage the departure of Argentines and residents to countries with new waves and strains of Covid-19.
Among the measures analyzed is that of “implementing decisions such as those of Canada, where each passenger has the obligation to pay their PCR test and his accommodation of confinement of obligatory way “.
The sources added that “there is concern for Argentines that, even in the face of the regional context of increases in cases and the emergence of new strains, they still analyze traveling abroad. ”
Officials this afternoon analyzed models taken by different countries to prevent the entry of people with coronavirus.
Earlier, in a press conference held with journalists from different media, Vizzotti had stated that “without a doubt we have to discourage travel, people have to know to go to a place with cases (of coronavirus), with a variant new, it is an individual and health risk for the country. ”
In addition to the measures adopted by Canada, they mentioned one of the policies adopted by Spain, in which “Travelers from risk countries must prove that they have a PCR with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival “in that country..
They also considered the measures of the United Kingdom, where to enter or return (except from Ireland) travelers must “provide their contact and travel details in addition to submitting a negative Covid-19 test before traveling” and then go into quarantine, in a hotel specially designated “if entry to England or Scotland is from a travel ban country”.
There is concern for Argentines who, despite the new strains, want to travel abroad
They extend the health emergency due to Covid
Last week the national government extended the health emergency until December 31 of this year and recommended travel restrictions, both air, sea and land, from or to the affected and higher risk areas, for which it will give intervention to the competent authorities for their implementation.
At the same time, it specifically established who must comply with the mandatory isolation and its exceptions.
The new measures were adopted through necessity and urgency decree number 167/2021, published in a supplement to the Official Gazette, with the signatures of President Alberto Fernández; the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, and all the ministers, including the Justice Minister Marcela Losardo until Thursday.
The DNU established that the Ministries of Health and Productive Development, jointly, may set maximum prices for critical inputs to fight against pandemic, defined as such, and adopt the necessary measures to prevent shortages.
The new standard establishes, in a situation critical epidemiological health, a provisional specialty registration and / or certification regime for those who do not have the process of their degree completed, revalidation of title or certification of undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate degrees in health sciences.
For this qualification, prior intervention will be given to the Ministry of Education, and there must be a certification of competences in charge of the healthcare establishments that require them, says the norm, which in turn modifies decree 260/2020, which originally established the extension of the health emergency, until March of this year.
Decree 167 also provides the possibility of hiring former employees or former employees or retired or retired personnel, temporarily exempting them from the incompatibility regime in force for the administration.
Those who arrive in the country from abroad, must also serve a 14-day isolation
Isolation for those affected and suspected cases
A general term of 14 days of isolation is established that the affected people, with exceptions and particularities according to the cases and the people, or for a different period to be determined in the future by the enforcement authority according to the epidemiological evolution and national sanitary recommendations.
Thus, those who have the status of “suspected cases“According to the definition of the national health authority, until the confirmatory diagnosis is made, and those who are” confirmed cases “must complete 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms or diagnosis in asymptomatic cases.
The so-called “close contacts“of cases of Covid-19They must complete 14 days of isolation with the possibility of reducing it to 10 days according to the recommendations of the health authority.
Meanwhile, qThose who arrive in the country from abroad must also serve a 14-day isolation under the conditions established by the national health authority, Except for the exceptions provided by the decree or by the immigration authority, it was specified.
Diplomats are exempt from complying with compulsory isolation exclusively “to carry out an official mission, with authorization from the National Directorate of Migration”, under the supervision of the Argentine Foreign Ministry, and who do not show symptoms of Covid-19.
Public officials and representatives of the Argentine State in international organizations are also exempted, “when they return from trips abroad made in their capacity as members of official delegations.”
In addition, non-resident foreigners expressly authorized by the National Directorate of Migrations, to carry out “an essential labor or commercial activity for which they were summoned, must not comply with isolation”; nationals or foreigners in transit to other countries “with a stay of less than 24 hours in national airports”, and international carriers and crew members “in the exclusive exercise of their activity”.
The health authority may order additional measures at any time during the permanence of these excepted persons mentioned when it suspects the existence of a risk of spreading the virus, especially when they come from “affected areas of greater risk”, and may also render without effect any of these exceptions, in order to prevent contagion.
In all cases, those who arrive from abroad must provide information about their itinerary, declare their address in the country and undergo a health examination that is as less invasive as possible to determine the potential risk of contagion and the preventive actions to be taken that must be complied with. , without exception.
Likewise, must have proof of non-detectable PCR test to Covid-19 with sampling no more than 72 hours prior to shipment, except in the cases excepted by the health authority. The health authority may modify the preventive actions established.
Non-resident foreigners in Argentina who arrive in the country from abroad must accompany the affidavit “a travel insurance special for the care of the disease in the country “, and they will not be able to enter nor will they be able to remain in the national territory in case of breaching the regulations on compulsory isolation and the sanitary measures in force.
The Ministry of Health will provide information to the population on the “affected areas” and the “affected areas of greatest risk”, as well as on the epidemiological situation, with respect to the spread, containment, mitigation and immunization of the disease, with the protection of confidentiality about the identity of those affected, unless expressly authorized by them, according to the regulations for the protection of professional secrecy, the decree indicates.
As of today, the norm underlines, all countries in the world are considered “affected areas” by the pandemic, and those that have community circulation of new variants of the virus, which may condition the country’s response capacity and require specific sanitary measures.