Argentina has come its way with more positive coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic (almost 21,000) without any determination from the authorities to face a second wave. Negotiations between the nation and the city of Buenos Aires to promote new restrictions on circulation are still open, and today they will try to unite positions to finalize the details of the decree, which will take effect next Friday.
In recent days, the National Government has acted as a moderator between the Buenos Aires executive and the administration. Axel Kichillof. The political and criteria differences that the city and province of Buenos Aires maintained throughout the pandemic are known, but given that the focus of the infection is AMBA, must inevitably reach a consensus on the escalation of COVID-19 cases, which is beginning to strain the health system’s response.
Kichillof placed an offer on the table restrict circulation in the metropolitan area between 22 and 6 am as the main measure. Casa Rosada approved the idea, but was rejected by the administration Horatio Rodriguez Larreta. The head of the Buenos Aires government considers the ban on circulating at night to be excessive. The city offers to limit commercial activities early in the morning: from midnight to 6 am.But he does not want freedom of movement to be restricted in AMBA. He was the health minister of the federal capital, Fernand Quiros, who explained to representatives of Buenos Aires that the restriction of nocturnal circulation will not affect the reduction of the percentage of infections. Larretta’s government’s position encompasses two views – on health and politics – that were raised in a sentence that was substantiated earlier. Infobae Buenos Aires official: “It has no sanitary criteria, and it also restricts certain activities.”
Yes, AMBA will have restrictions on the use of public transport. Teachers and students will be able to travel to schools as class attendance is maintained. All the people on the list of key employees they will have to re-register in the app (At the moment it will be a concern, the same as used in 2020) and require relocation permits. What else, they will strengthen control over trains, subways and buses. The government is analyzing the deployment of federal forces to complement the work of the security forces, and does not rule out the application of the same measures in areas in the interior of the country, the epidemiological situation of which is serious.
Alberto Fernandez He intends to issue a decree making the new restrictions official at dawn on Friday. On that day, DNU expires with the help of the social, preventive and mandatory phase of distance (DISPO) measures in force today. There is still room. It is necessary to check whether the nation publishes the decree agreed with the City, whether it establishes the criteria agreed with Kichillof. The president wants Larretta’s approval, so talks between the two administrations will continue throughout the day on Wednesday.
However, Casa Rosada is uncomfortable with the Buenos Aires prime minister’s refusal to take possible action (just on the record day of the infection), which was later used politically in a “Together for Change” statement joined by opposition leaders. Mauricio Macri, Patricia Bulrich and Maria Eugenia Vidal. “We find it particularly worrying that the failure of the national government’s health strategy has been repeatedly met with insistence on excessive and poorly calibrated restrictions.”, the opposition front synthesized its position, arguing “to defend as much normalcy as possible.”
Kichillof responded to the statement: “I confess, I thought nothing could surprise me with macro.” Using a series of tweets, the president of Buenos Aires accused the opposition and compared it to the rest of the world: “Given the growing number of cases, the second wave and new tensions, measures have been taken in all countries, and even more severe. measures of these countries “. “I don’t know if there is another case of such irresponsibility and opportunism.”added.
In addition to anger, chiefs of staff, Santiago Cafiero and Felipe MiguelToday, they will be responsible for combining positions at the meeting they will hold. The will to negotiate and reach an agreement, despite political differences, is shared by both the nation and the city. They know the delicate moment that citizens are going through, and they are wary of the exponential growth of infections, which was reflected yesterday with the largest number since the beginning of the pandemic.
However, the turning point remains the night. The National Government and the Government of Buenos Aires aim to reduce all non-essential activities between 22:00 and 6:00. The city refuses to limit circulation, they consider it impossible. “How will the province control that people do not move during these hours?”, – they ask in Buenosaria, while they advocate the idea of limiting only commercial activities for a more limited period of time.
In Kichilloff’s environment, they suggest that more than two hours apart before bars and restaurants close, the important thing is that the restrictions cover social events and entertainment. Possibly a DNU to be published in Official bulletin support this idea. “If we reduce the circulation, social and recreational activities, the schedule is not so important, if it is an hour more or an hour less, the main thing is to apply restrictions.”, resume La Plata. The city considers it understandable to reduce the number of people who can gather indoors.
For its part, c Balkars 50 they minimize the discussion of whether to allow activities until 22:00 or until midnight. At the very least, they are demanding that the government of Buenos Aires mitigate the impact of the new restrictions on bars and restaurants, they must compensate for this with some kind of aid program. “And that they are adapted to extremely urgent sanitary measures in a serious scenario.”
If the uneven edges between the Nation and the City are smoothed out, the criteria for resolving the second wave in AMBA will be resolved this afternoon. At the same time, between today and tomorrow, the government of Alberto Fernandez will move forward with the governors in restrictive measures that will be applied in the rest of the country. Yesterday, Cafiero and the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Vado” De Pedro, they interviewed provincial leaders to assess the epidemiological situation and the room for maneuver to apply greater control. Those capitals with a complex epidemiological picture probably share the measures applied in the AMBA.