While the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires slowly but surely retraces the path towards the end of the quarantine, with new authorizations and flexibilities in different activities, the interior of the country is going through a critical situation, with a sustained increase in cases by half a dozen of provinces.
Precisely, President Alberto Fernández led the announcement from the Casa Rosada accompanied by Governors Gerardo Morales, from Jujuy; Omar Gutiérrez, from Neuquén and Omar Perotti, from Santa Fe. According to the figures presented by the president, 65% of the infections belong to the interior of the country, which set off the alarms in most of the provinces.
In one of his classic “slides”, the President marked the progress of confirmed cases in the interior, with a map that last May had the highest number of cases in the AMBA and a completely different image towards October, with a much distribution. more even in all the territory.
That is why the President announced that there will be a “restriction of the movement of mobility in 18 departments of the country” that will last until October 25, but clarified that “that does not mean that we are going to stop production.
“The problem today transcended the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires and spread throughout Argentina and has to do with many things,” explained Alberto Fernández, insisting that “the AMBA radiated the problem, we continue to have a very centralized country.” The incidence rate of infections per 100,000 inhabitants puts the provinces of Tierra del Fuego, Córdoba, Río Negro, Santa Fe and Santa Cruz in front, according to official figures.
In the case of Neuquén, its health system has practically collapsed and is among the districts with the highest occupancy of intensive care beds in the entire country. With just over 600,000 inhabitants, the Patagonian province registered about 400 cases per day and has 7,000 assets, which forces it to maximize restrictions.
Santa Fe, meanwhile, finds itself with an average of 2,000 infections a day, which also places it on the podium of the most complicated districts. That is why Perotti decided that “there will be no new qualifications, at all”. Next Sunday the new stage of isolation expires and the governor anticipated that, for the next two weeks, there will be no changes in the prohibition of social gatherings and other recreational activities to try to control the advance of the coronavirus.
Another of the complicated provinces is Jujuy where, as the President recalled, there were “110 days without contagion”, which had encouraged Governor Morales to even announce the return of face-to-face classes in June, which finally could not be carried out . In this context, he stressed that the radical faced a period of three weeks of restrictions, which allowed to “flatten the curve” of infections.
“We have had an impressive explosion,” Morales admitted at the conference, emphasizing mass case detection. He also said that the strategy is “side by side with the national government with the governors of the provinces” to have a joint action.
Among the measures to combat the advance of the virus, Fernández confirmed that they will continue with the Federal Detect plan that he recently presented in Rosario and remarked: “We are going to continue supporting the provinces and municipalities, we have already transferred 650 billion pesos, a 42 % of the co-participation, we do not abandon our brothers ”.