Discovering Buenos AiresArgentina’s response to COVID-19

March 24, 2020by IW Languages0
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Wow, what a few makes hey? The world has changed rapidly, perhaps irreversibly, and no-one is quiet sure what’s around the corner for us right now. Argentina has taken coronavirus seriously. Although like most countries outside Asia we were slow off the bat, the closures in Spain and France have triggered escalating measures by the...

Wow, what a few makes hey? The world has changed rapidly, perhaps irreversibly, and no-one is quiet sure what’s around the corner for us right now.

Argentina has taken coronavirus seriously. Although like most countries outside Asia we were slow off the bat, the closures in Spain and France have triggered escalating measures by the Argentine government. These aimed at controlling the virus. I sincerely hope they will help us.

Measures

The measures started the same week France closed its restaurants and bars, when Argentina’s virus number was still two digits. This began by announcing a two-week mandatory quarantine period for anyone who had entered the country from an infected area. At the time, these were the USA, Europe and Asia. This even included people who had already entered the country. And while all entrants were expected to quarantine at home, it was well enforced by the government.

However, as the virus exploded over the world, Argentina updated its rules just two days later by blocking entrance to all non-residents/citizens almost immediately. Many nations have since enacted similar measures. Argentina was one of the first. The measures prevented tourists from bringing the virus. Yet, it did mean many citizens returned from overseas with the virus. With mandatory quarantines in place, community spread was hoped to be contained. But the numbers continued to increase.

Acting proactively, the government has currently enacted a mandatory shutdown. This means the closure of non-essential businesses and restricting everyone to their houses. With less than 200 cases at that time, this was an extreme measure. But the hope for all of us tight now is that it will prevent the virus from spreading rapidly. And hopefully allow us out of our houses sooner!

In the meantime, at least you have time to continue with your Spanish lessons from home!

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