Argentina introduces new lockdown measures amid rising COVID cases

 Tuesday, May 25, 2021 


Argentina has entered a new phase of strict lockdown and tightened pandemic measures in order to curb and slow down the second wave of COVID-19. President Alberto Fernandez announced in a statement that the new restrictions have been undertaken due to rising concerns of daily cases and record deaths in the last week.

The latest circuit-breaker measures will last until May 31 and restrict movement from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM. According to the new restrictions, all non-essential activities have been suspended including schools and non-essential businesses. All social, religious and sporting events have also been banned across the country. Citizens who do not work as essential workers will be allowed to be out near to their homes between 6 AM and 6 PM and have been ordered to stay at home otherwise.

As the restrictions were introduced nearly 11,500 troops were deployed throughout the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area to ensure compliance with the measures. President Fernandez also announced that an economic rescue package for sectors worst-hit by the pandemic, which has worsened the crisis the country has faced for the past three years and left millions of citizens in poverty. He mentioned that people are living the worst moment since the pandemic began and urged everyone to take care and avoid all the losses as possible.

According to the report from the health ministry, Argentina reported 35,884 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday after hitting a record high 39,652 on Wednesday. Total COVID-19 infections as of Saturday have crossed the 3.45 million marks with nearly 73,688 deaths, placing the country ahead of Brazil on a per capita basis.  

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